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123044 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2019W)

Gothic Goes Imperial

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
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max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 09.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 16.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 23.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 30.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 06.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 13.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 20.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 27.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 04.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 08.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 15.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 22.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Wednesday 29.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

From early Gothic romances to late Victorian imperial Gothic, the course will be dedicated to tracing the evolution of the genre, starting the semester by analysing some of the key texts that helped define it, as well as by questioning how later examples of Victorian Gothic engage with these early texts while steering the genre towards new directions. Our major focus in the second part of the semester will be on imperial Gothic, as explored by Patrick Brantlinger in Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830–1914 (1988). As Brantlinger suggests, engaging in a critical reading of imperial Gothic works along with some of the major ‘monster stories’ of the nineteenth century (Dracula for instance) allows us to raise the issues of imperial expansion, of geographical exploration, of race, gender, sexuality, science, religion, and of realism versus romance, thereby allowing a richer perspective on Victorian culture and history as well as on Gothic fantasy. Finally, we will also explore the boundaries of the Gothic and its relation to fin-de-siècle invasion fiction.

In this course, participants will gain a knowledge of some of the major Gothic fiction texts ranging from the 18th century to the end of the 19th century, as well as an understanding of how the Gothic functions and how it evolved in response to significant historical and cultural contexts, through the study of a variety of authors. The course will also enable participants to develop their practical skills in the critical analysis of literary texts, and will tackle the basic techniques of academic writing, such as how to formulate a research question and how to structure a paper.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance (a maximum of two unexcused absences is possible) and active participation in classroom discussion and group work; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active in expert team providing input for one session in the term; research proposal; final paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Active participation in classroom discussion: 10%
- “10 facts on…” task: 10%
- Expert input during one session: 15%
- Research proposal (650 words) and annotated bibliography: 15%
- Proseminar paper (3500 words): 50%

Points must be collected in all of these categories. Students must attain at least 60% to pass this course.

Marks in %:
1 (sehr gut): 90-100
2 (gut): 80-89
3 (befriedigend): 70-79
4 (genügend): 60-69
5 (nicht genügend): 0-59

Examination topics

Contents covered throughout the semester. Participants are expected to read all set texts plus the additional secondary/theoretical material provided, participate actively to the course, and hand in assignments on time. There will be no written exam.

Reading list

Primary texts:
1) Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)
2) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lot n°249 (1892) (short story)
3) Richard Marsh, The Beetle (1897)
4) Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)

The primary texts will be studied in the order provided here. No precise edition is required, but you will need to be able to navigate easily from chapter to chapter in class. You are also required to have read Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto before the course starts on the 9th of October, as we will start directly with this text.

In addition to these, selected excerpts from Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (1803), Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847), as well as selected poems by John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge will be provided on Moodle and studied in class.

Ideally, you should also be familiar with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and with H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1897). These will not be studied in depth, but will be discussed along with the various concepts and texts that we will focus on.

Secondary literature: excerpts will be provided in digital form on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.3-304, BA10.1; BEd 08a.1, BEd 08b.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-3041

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