Gothic narratives and poems from 1750 to 1850

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European and American Gothic Fiction and Poetry 1750-1850

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This course examines the early history of the Gothic, focusing on Europe and America. Gothic narratives and poems are studied diachronically, geographically, and thematically, tracing the genre’s historical development and geographical expansion. It also covers modern theoretical approaches, such as gender, queer, and postcolonial theory.

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Work with a critical eye in all aspects of arts and culture Studying Comparative Literature provides you with the ability to examine literature critically and from many different perspectives. You will gain insight into your own writing and see how modern texts are associated with older ones. These qualities, along with an understanding for historical change, are increasingly important in society. The knowledge provided by Comparative Literature is useful in many different fields. You could work in publishing or theatre, in the media or in teaching, or at public authorities with links to arts and culture. Critics, writers and researchers in aesthetic subjects also benefit from having studied Comparative Literature. Read about research in this subject
Historical context and modern approaches to the Gothic genre On this course, you will examine the development of the Gothic genre from 1750 to 1850, and its spread in Europe (Great Britain, Germany. France, Scandinavia and Russia) and America during this period, as well as its typical variation of themes and forms. You will look specifically at key works from this period, their dominant themes and formal aspects, as well as interpreting them in their historical context. The works are Gothic narratives and poems, that are investigated diachronically, geographically, and thematically, and include texts from the canon and lesser known works. You will also learn to apply contemporary theoretical approaches to literature, such as gender, queer, and postcolonial theory. Course design The course is taught through seminars and lectures. Attendance at the seminars is compulsory and there is a final written examination.
Examine literature from modern and historical perspectives In Comparative Literature, you study literary texts in the widest sense, from the first literary texts to the present day. Literature not only includes novels and poems, but also plays and theoretical texts. Film, theatre and computer games can also be studied through the lens of Comparative Literature. This means that you read literature both against the background of its historical context and from modern critical perspectives. Are you interested in literature in general and critical reading in particular? There is a strong societal link in Comparative Literature, as literature always deals with issues relating to society, relationships and power. Older literature provides us with perspectives on contemporary societal issues and gives us the opportunity to investigate them historically and critically. Courses in Comparative Literature at Södertörn University have grown from gender theory and therefore have strong links to modern critical perspectives such as gender and queer theory and postcolonial theory. Comparative Literature at Södertörn University includes an element of creative Swedish, in which you have the opportunity to link your own writing to the texts being read, and to discuss this with your fellow students.