SuperSaiyan4Godzilla wrote:I'm starting work on my American Romanticism paper that is a comparative analysis between the Heisei Godzilla series and Moby Dick.
I wrote a paper once about how A Streetcar Named Desire was a work of science fiction. It didn't go over well with the professor (got a C), but I liked it.
There's a funny story behind the topic of my paper.
It was the day before the proposal was due and I had nothing. I am not a fan of Romanticism (I'm a minimalist) and I wasn't interested in anything. Well, Ive been working on personal project that catalogs the history of giant monster fiction. I traced the modern genre all the way back to Moby-Dick
. With that in my mind, I wrote the proposal about how Godzilla and Moby-Dick disrupt the "Great Chain of Being" and how they are not the Other but the Self, albeit the repressed side. I just sort of BSed the proposal.
My professor emailed me after the proposals were submitted, saying that he was excited about my paper and that it was the most interesting proposal he's seen in awhile.
Surprisingly, there is a lot of work out there that deals with monsters and such concepts...
While researching for this, I discovered that the Heisei series presents probably the best examples for this paper. There are many Pequod
s and some amusing examples of Ahabs floating around. Godzilla's characterization is also at the hands of the humans we encounter. Very little is shown of Godzilla's true self (besides Miki's random spouts here and there). He is very much like the great white whale.