Student Research Projects

“It Isn’t a Love Story, It’s a Hate Story”: Intertexuality and Feminine Sacrifice in Wuthering Heights and the Twilight Saga

Student Morgan Stroyeck ‘15 (English and Religious Studies)
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department English
Course English 489: Senior Thesis Workshop


Feminine sacrifice, love, and borrowed myths are tied up together in studying Charlotte Brontë’s "Wuthering Heights" and Stephenie Meyer’s "Twilight." The focus of this research examines the way myths of true love have been appropriated by Meyer from Brontë’s text. Yet the disturbing nature of this type of true love is perpetuated by Meyer in a way that makes sacrifice and death companions to true love. Writing makes memory and defines our understanding of the world; thus, this paper focuses on the intertexuality to make sense of how these myths continue to make meaning in our consciousness and culture. The popularity of Meyer’s series, with its dangerous romance, speaks to the large impact that these novels have on our lives. Understanding myths of love, Gothic themes of romance, and intertextual borrowing allows for an investigation into the heart of Meyer’s damaging representations of sacrificial love.