English - Free topic 10: Gothic Literature, 1750-1850

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From its origins in the eighteenth century, ‘Gothic’ has become one of the most diverse and enduring genres of cultural text.  This course will examine the place of the so-called ‘Gothic revival’ in British and European culture during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Although our main focus will be on Gothic literature (poetry and fiction), we will also consider examples of Gothic from a range of other genres, including architecture and the visual arts.  Using a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives, we will explore the relationship between Gothic and contemporary ideas about politics; gender and sexuality; race; and religion. 

The texts we will study include: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817); William Beckford, Vathek (1782); Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘Christabel’ (1797, 1800), ‘The Pains of Sleep’ (1803); Charlotte D’Acre, Zofloya (1806); William Godwin, Caleb Williams (1794); John Keats, ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ (1819), ‘Lamia’ (1819); Matthew Lewis, The Monk (1796); Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794); Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818) [make sure it is the 1818 edition which you read]; Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)

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