Monsters and Madness: The Modern Gothic Novel will explore the novel of terror in light of its place in the novel tradition and in terms of the contemporary issues which it reflected. We’ll start in the late Victorian era and work our way through the 20th century to the present. We’ll define “Gothic” as it applies to fiction, and dig into some of the best examples of the genre. Although the course will necessarily focus on cultural/historical contexts and readings, we will also apply gender, psychological, postcolonial, and spatial theory to the various novels. We’ll read six novels, and respond in various ways, including online discussions, writing assignments, and smaller projects touching on character, language, and the things that scare us.
- Carmilla, by J. Sheridan LeFanu, edited by Jamieson Ridenhour (specific edition required – ISBN: 9781934555644)
- Dracula, by Bram Stoker, edited by Glenis Byron (specific edition required – ISBN: 9781551111360
- Rebecca, by Daphne DuMaurier
- We Have Always Lived in The Castle, by Shirley Jackson
- Ghost Story, by Peter Straub
- Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay