ENGL 377
Legacies of the Gothic Novel: Feminism and Horror in the Transatlantic World
Last Offered Fall 2019
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 377 / COMP 377
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

Much maligned as a popular or “low” genre at its inception in the late eighteenth century, the gothic form has persisted in its popularity as well as crossed into “higher” forms of modernism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. In this course, we will read key texts in the gothic mode-Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights among others-and follow the ways in which they are revisited and rewritten by contemporary American and Caribbean writers, filmmakers, and artists. Particularly, we will examine how these texts subvert the realist leanings of Anglo-American narrative fiction and its assumptions of enlightenment rationalism by way of two main processes: narrative hypertrophy and feminist revisions of horror. The class will take up select contemporary criticism on the gothic and horror in literature, film, and art. This course will be of interest to students curious about feminism, postcolonialism, cultural criticism, horror, and comparative literature.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1761
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: presentation, paper plus revision, final research project
Prerequisites: one literature or related course
Enrollment Preferences: any student with relevant coursework in ENGL, COMP, or WGSS
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 377 Division I WGSS 377 Division II COMP 377 Division I
DPE Notes: The course will follow the path of radical thinking and generic experimentation by feminist writers of the nineteenth century as they transform in an anti colonial, anti racist, and anti misogynist contexts. We will study power, hegemony, and resistance along axes of gender, race, state form, and literary craft.
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B

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  • ENGL 377 - SEM Gothic Feminism
    ENGL 377 SEM Gothic Feminism
    Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
    Not offered

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