Literature: Twentieth Century American Gothic with Dr Denise Hanrahan-Wells

Ref: C3533098

Gothic literature often uses fiction to engage with societal concerns. American Gothic fiction does so in a significantly different way from its European counterpart and is informed by American history and geography. Beginning with The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959) we will explore the psychology of the haunted house in small town New England. Ira Levin’s urban gothic classic Rosemary’s Baby (1967) is set in fashionable Manhattan and employs recognizable tropes to explore modern political concerns. Join us for some lively discussion on these two texts which have inspired successful film and TV adaptations.

Course aim

To explore mid twentieth century examples of American Gothic novels.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Approach literary texts in a critical way.
  • Explore the characteristics of the Twentieth Century Gothic novel.
  • Consider the importance of historical and geographical context in the development of the American Gothic genre.
  • Discuss representations of gender in the set texts.
  • Participate in group discussion.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need the following novels: Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959) Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby (1967) Other material may be supplied on Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Literature: Twentieth Century American Gothic with Dr Denise Hanrahan-Wells

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