Historical context and modern approaches to Gothic literature
This course examines key works in European and American Gothic literature and the development of the Gothic genre, focusing on a selection of canonical works and how they influenced the development of the genre. They are studied against the backdrop of their historical and literary context, as well as in relation to literary theory. The course will provide you with the skills to apply modern-day theoretical approaches to literature, such as gender, queer, and postcolonial theory. The course provides cultural competence and training in reading older English literature.
There are frequent guest lectures, with lecturers from both Comparative Literature and English. The course is taught through lectures and seminars, including preparation in groups, and is examined through seminar participation, a written analytical assignment and a written take-home exam.