English - Elective Subject, topic 4: The Dark Arts in the Digital Age: An Exploration of the Otherworldly

Course content

This course will examine the cultural fascination with the supernatural from the nineteenth century to the present. It will explore a range of topics including the publication of important horror novels such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), studies of séances and psychic investigations, as well as paranormal media and its online culture. Themes such as the otherworldly, monsters, magic, and supernatural forces continue to feature regularly in our modern society. Therefore, the course asks: how does the fascination with horror manifest itself in culture? And why are humans so drawn to the dark, evil, and macabre? By delving into the intersection of science, literature, media and the occult, this interdisciplinary exploration will provide students with a deep understanding of the multiple contexts and social factors in which supernatural phenomena and the occult emerged and grew over the past two centuries. The course will have a significant Digital Humanities component that takes up around 50%.

Education

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The course is a combination of theoretical instruction, hands-on activities, and collaborative projects in order to foster an interactive learning environment. Students will engage in critical discussions, conduct data analysis, analyse case studies, and apply their digital skills to practical tasks.

  1. Examples of core readings include: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Bram Stoker’s Dracula; H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu; Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles; Richard Marsh’s The Beetle  

     

    In addition to these types of readings, students will critically engage a range of other sources including: films, graphic novels, podcasts, websites, apps, video games, etc.

Written
Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 325,5
  • English
  • 409,5

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
HENB01484U
ECTS
15 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor
Duration

1 semester

Placement
Spring
Schedulegroup
See link to schedule
Studyboard
Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinators
  • Efram Sera-Shriar   (3-687676436b7870316e7831676e)
  • Robert William Rix   (5-776f776e7d456d7a7233707a336970)
Saved on the 08-04-2024

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