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127010 KO Critical Readings in Literature (2021W)

From Otranto to Gothic London: Reading 150 years of British Gothic Literature

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work
ON-SITE

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 26 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

NB: This course is planned on-site, but we might need to switch to an online format depending on the latest government and university guidelines.

Monday 11.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 18.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 25.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 08.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 15.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 22.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 29.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 06.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 13.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 10.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 17.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 24.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 31.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

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 by reading 150 years of British Gothic literature.

We will begin by analysing some of the key texts that helped define the genre (The Castle of Otranto; The Mysteries of Udolpho), as well as by questioning how later examples of Victorian Gothic engage with these early texts while steering the genre towards new directions (Northanger Abbey; The String of Pearls). We will then make our way through the nineteenth century and its different forms of Gothic, through with a focus on urban Gothic (The String of Pearls; Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) but also on imperial Gothic ("Lot n°249"; The Beetle), as explored by Patrick Brantlinger in Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830–1914 (1988). Engaging in a critical reading of imperial Gothic works along with some of the major ‘monster stories’ of the nineteenth century (Frankenstein for instance, but also Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) 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.

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 and texts. 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 structure a paper.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance (you may miss a maximum of two sessions without justification) and active participation in classroom discussion, in group work and on Moodle; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active in expert team providing input for one session in the term; portfolio of written tasks (consisting in a creative writing or a close reading piece, a critical review, and a short close reading essay at the end of term).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Active participation in classroom discussion and on Moodle: 20% (participation 15%, glossary entry 5%)
- Expert input during one session and creation of a handout: 20%
- Portfolio of written tasks: 60% (creative writing or close reading: 15%, critical review: 15%, short close reading essay: 30%)

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. This is an interactive course (“prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung”): in addition to completing a portfolio of written tasks as well as handing in assignments on time, participants are expected to read all set texts and actively participate in class throughout the semester. There will be no written exam.

Reading list

Primary texts:

1) Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)

2) The String of Pearls: A Romance (1846-7) (also known as Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street). Sometimes attributed to James Malcolm Rymer or to Thomas Peckett Prest; no authorship confirmed. Be careful - there are several different versions as the story was rewritten later on. The one we will use is the very first one, published in 1846-1847.
I recommend either the Oxford edition (ISBN: 978-0-19-922933-8 or 978-0-19-954344-1) or the Wordsworth edition (ISBN: 978-1-84022-632-4; the latter might be easier to find, for instance on Thalia.at).

3) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lot n°249 (1892) (short story)

4) Richard Marsh, The Beetle (1897)

5) R. L. Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) (novella)

The primary texts will be studied in the order provided here. No precise edition is required apart for The String of Pearls, but you will need to be able to navigate easily from chapter to chapter in class. I will also ask that you have read Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto before the course starts on the 4th of October.

In addition to these, selected excerpts from Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (1803) and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) will be provided on Moodle and studied in class.

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

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612; BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: BA08.3; BEd Modul 10
Lehrinhalt: 12-3000

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