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Note: Your readings will come from a variety of sources, including texts that you have purchased, which are listed at right; online texts, the links for which are to be found on your online version of the syllabus (here); and electronic PDF files that you can download from our WebCT site. It is your responsibility to discern where the given readings below are to be found; if you have any questions, you can always email me or the group.
Unit I: Gothic Emergences
January 24: Introduction to course: Slide Show Lecture Presentation "The Gothic: Architecture, Gardens, Art"
William Collins, "Ode to Fear" (1746); Edmund Burke, "Of the Sublime", "Of Beauty" from On the Sublime and the Beautiful (1757) ; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Sonnet V. To the River Otter" (1796); Lord Byron, "She Walks in Beauty" (1815); Audio Recording
Suggested Reading: Edmund Burke, Part I and Part II of On the Sublime and the Beautiful
January 29: Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otronto (1764-65): full text: pp. 57-165
January 31: The Castle of Otronto; Sigmund Freud, from The Ego and the Id (1923): "Consciousness and What is Unconscious"; "The Ego and the Id"; "The Ego and the Super-Ego (Ego Ideal)" (pp. 628-645 of The Freud Reader, Ed. Peter Gay).
February 5: William Beckford, Vathek (1786 / 1815-16): full text: pp. 45-148
February 7: Vathek; Episode I from The Episodes of Vathek: "The History of the Two Princes and Friends, Alasi and Firouz": pp. 151-196
Quiz 1: Quizzes are located under "Quiz" in our WebCT portal. You may access the quiz between 12:30pm and 11:55pm on the date that it is due, and you have 2 hours to complete it once you have begun. I encourage you to print out any passages you have been asked to think about on the quiz and annotate it by hand. Please submit all of these hand-written notes to me at the beginning of the following class, as I will take them into careful consideration when I grade the exam.
Unit II: Gothic Revolutions
February 12: The Revolution Controversy: Edmund Burke, from Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790); Mary Wollstonecraft, from Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790); Thomas Paine, from Rights of Man (1791);
William Godwin, from Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness (1793)
February 14: William Godwin, "On History and Romance" [Appendix A.4 of the Broadview edition of Caleb Williams] (1797); William Godwin, Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794): Volume I (pp. 57-175)
February 19: Caleb Williams: Volume II (pp. 179-294)
February 21: Caleb Williams: Volume III (pp. 297-434); William Godwin, Original Manuscript Ending of the Novel from Caleb Williams: Appendix A.1 of the Broadview edition of Caleb Williams
February 26: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from Biographia Literaria (1817): Chapter XIV; "Christabel" (1798 / p.1816)
February 28: Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman (1798)
Unit III: Gothic Terror / Gothic Horror
March 4: Ann Radcliffe, The Italian; or, The Confessional of the Black Penitents: A Romance (1796): pp 1-120
Essay 1 Due in class
March 6: The Italian: pp 121-240
March 11: The Italian: pp 240-360
March 13: The Italian: pp 360-end
March 18: Spring Break
March 20: Spring Break
March 25: Matthew Lewis, The Monk: A Romance (1796) Volume I (pp 33-131)
March 27: The Monk, Volume II (133-245)
April 1: The Monk, Volume III (247-end)
April 3: The Monk; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, "The Character in the Veil: Imagery of the Surface in the Gothic Novel"
Unit IV: Gothic Revisioning
April 8: Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847): Chapter 1 through 11 (pp. 37-135)
Revision of Essay 1 Due in class: staple your revision to your original composition and commentary
April 10: Wuthering Heights, Chapter 12-23 (pp. 135-229)
April 15: Wuthering Heights, full text: Chapter 23-34 (pp. 229-312);
April 17: Wuthering Heights; Lord Byron, "She Walks in Beauty" (1815); "Darkness" (1816)
April 22: Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny" (1917) ; E.T.A. Hoffman, "The Sandman" (1817)
April 24: Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Volume III: "Dream Country" (1989 / 1995); Sigmund Freud, from Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (1910): "On Dreams" (pp. 142-172 of The Freud Reader, Ed. Peter Gay)
Prospectus for Final Paper Due
April 29: Sofia Coppolla, The Virgin Suicides; Conclusion and Review
May 6: Final Papers are Due by 12pm at the English Office, Independence Hall 114.
| Office & Office Hours
Course Location & Time
Quinn Hall 214
T/R 11 - 12:15pm
The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother. By Horace Walpole. Editor Frederick S. Frank. Broadview, 2003.
Vathek with Episodes of Vathek. By William Beckford. Editor Kenneth W. Graham. Broadview, 2001.
Caleb Williams. By William Godwin. Editors Gary Handwerk and A.A. Markley. Broadview, 2000.
The Italian. By Ann Radcliffe. Editor Robert Miles. Penguin, 2001.
The Monk. By Matthew Lewis. Editors D.L. Macdonald and Kathleen SCherf. Broadview, 2004.
Wuthering Heights. By Emily Brontë. Editor Beth Newman. Broadview, 2007.
The Sandman, Volume 3: "Dream Country." By Neil Gaiman. Vertigo, 1991.
The Virgin Suicides. Director Sofia Coppolla. With Danny DeVito and Kirsten Dunst. Paramount, 2000.
A Writer's Reference. By Diana Hacker. Bedford/St. Martin, 2003.
1 Short Essay (10%)
1 Revision (10%)
1 Long Essay (25%)
4 Quizzes (40%)