What's included?

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.