Undergraduate Course: American Gothic (ENLI10348)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will look at Gothic Fiction in America from the late 18th-century to the late 20th-century. Attention will be paid to the ways in which American writers deployed and adapted various Gothic stylistic devices to represent key aspects of the American experience. Of particular interest will be the approach the writers on the course took to socio-cultural issues such as the frontier and wilderness, sex and sexuality, slavery and racial differentiation, regional differentiation, urban sprawl. We will also look at psychological concerns such as the representation of Self and Other (at times Self-as-Other), the paranormal, and subjective experience.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||A MINIMUM of 4 college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or other interdisciplinary classes, Freshman Year Seminars or composition/creative writing classes/workshops are not considered for admission to this course. Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having 4 literature classes at grade A.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss distinctive attributes of American Gothic fiction and to be able to historicize these.
- Demonstrate an understanding of key relevant critical & theoretical approaches.
- Demonstrate an understanding of formal innovations in American Gothic Fiction.
- Demonstrate an understanding of relevant broader cultural and political aspects of American culture
- Demonstrate an understanding of some relationships between American and other gothic traditions
Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Huntly (1799)
Nathaniel Hawthorne,The House of the Seven Gables (1851)
Edgar Allan Poe, selected stories
Charles W. Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman and other Conjure Tales (1899)
Henry James, 'The Jolly Corner' (1908)
Charlotte Perkins Gillman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)
Carson McCullers, The Ballad of the Sad Café (1951)
William Faulkner, 'A Rose for Emily' (1930)
Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood (1952)
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo (2017)
KEY SECONDARY TEXTS
Justin D. Edwards. Gothic Passages: Racial Ambiguity and the American Gothic. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2003.
Markman Ellis. The History of Gothic Fiction. Edinburgh: EUP, 2000.
Teresa A. Goddu. Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
Robert K. Martin and Eric Savoy, eds. American Gothic: New Inventions in a National Narrative. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1998
Marilyn Michaud. Republicanism and the American Gothic. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2009.
Bernice M. Murphy. The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
David Punter. The Literature of Terror: A History of Gothic Fictions from 1765 to the present day. 2 volumes. London: Longman, 1996.
Allan Lloyd Smith. American Gothic Fiction. London: Continuum, 2005.
|Course organiser||Dr Keith Hughes
Tel: (0131 6)50 3048
|Course secretary||Ms Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619