English, 2013 curriculum - Free topic 19: Literary Ghosts: Cultural Haunting in British and American Fiction

Course content

Ghost stories have multiple meanings, but one recurrent theme is the challenging of order and rationality. The ghost is often an unwanted return of what is terrible, marginal, hidden, or forgotten. The spectral manifestation may represent the guilt of the nation’s past or what has been repressed in the human mind. The ghost is therefore responsible for bringing about a crisis in the present, inviting social re-evaluation and political reflection.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

The course will offer a cultural history of the ghost story, examining the genre within its cultural contexts – linking it to discussions of nationality, the guilt of Empire, and the discovery of psychology. We will read ghost stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, R. L. Stevenson, Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, and not least Edgar Allan Poe.

Literary Ghosts: Cultural Haunting in British and American Fiction will be taught in weeks 6-12, four hours/week.

This course only leads to exams Free Topic 4A with Written Proficiency in English or Free Topic A with Written Proficiency in English.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75