ENGLISH 451 - Studies in Literature, 1600-1830
Section: 101 Literary Gothic
Term: SP 2010
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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This class satisfies the Pre-1830 requirement for English concentrators. .
May be repeated for credit.
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This course examines the species of literary text known as the gothic. We will begin with a look into the “graveyard poets” of the 18th-century and into the rising ideas of the sublime. A study of the creation of the gothic genre will follow, with a close look at Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, often deemed the original gothic novel; an analysis of religion, otherness, and gothic transgression in Matthew Lewis’s The Monk and Ann Radcliffe’s The Italian. We will also examine several poems by prominent Romantics for traces of the gothic and conclude with a dissection of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. To better know these texts we will consider the cultural environment that gave them life and strive to understand the development of the common traits that these texts often exhibit, such as familial revenge, sexual transgression, and supernatural intrusion.

ENGLISH 451 - Studies in Literature, 1600-1830
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101 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 0199537216
The castle of Otranto : a gothic story., Author: Horace Walpole ; edited by W.S. Lewis with a new introduction and notes by E.J. Clery., Publisher: Oxford University Press New ed. 2008
ISBN: 019953568X
The monk, Author: Matthew Lewis., Publisher: Oxford University Press New ed. 2008
ISBN: 9780192822833
Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus : the 1818 text, Author: Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851., Publisher: Oxford University Press 1994
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