Gothic Literature [C]
Why do we enjoy being frightened? Why are we endlessly fascinated by the dark, the strange and the supernatural? This course gives students the opportunity to explore these questions through one of the most maligned yet popular genres in English literature. Gothic stories often feature ghosts, vampires, ruined castles, family secrets, and haunted mansions. In this class, we will examine the origins and development of the literature of terror and horror from the 18th century to the present day. We will study Gothic works in a variety of forms with an emphasis on the historical and cultural forces that shaped them and the aim of understanding their enduring appeal. Readings may include literary and popular works by British, American and European authors. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a grade of C- or higher.