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Entry requirements: 30 credits in Humanities and English B (intermediate level), or the equivalent

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Max. 165 credits may be taken into account.

This course is only open for exchange students.

Information about application for exchange students

  • SS18 week 03-07, fulltime100%, day. Only for exchange students.

European and American Gothic Fiction and Poetry 1750-1850

Course 7.5 credits

The aim of the course is to investigate the early history of the gothic, from 1750 to 1850, and the genre's widespread in Europe and America during this period. The course traces the historical development of the genre, pursues its geographical expansion, and explores its core themes and characteristic forms. The students will study gothic narratives and poems diachronically, geographically, and thematically, in the light of modern-day theoretical approaches to the genre such as gender, queer, and postcolonial theory.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: spring semester 2018

Course design

The course consists of seminars and lectures.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • describe the development of the Gothic genre from 1750 to 1850
  • account for dominating themes and formal aspects in key works of the Gothic genre from 1750 to 1850
  • describe the geographical widespread and variation of themes and forms typical of the Gothic genre
  • interpret literary works historically
  • apply some modern-day critical approaches to literature.


Obligatory attendance and active participation at seminars, and a final written examination. The student may compensate for his or her absence from up to two seminars in the form of a short essay.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from spring semester 2018

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