gothic fiction // spring 2014

Gothic Fiction
BA Seminar
Spring 2014
Dr. Alexander Markin
We 12:15–14:00

1. Introduction
H. Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)

2. Origins of Gothic Fiction
H. Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)
F. Schiller, The Ghost-Seer, or Apparitionist (dt: Der Geisterseher, 1789)
Th. Adorno & M. Horkheimer: Dialectic of Enlightenment (excerpts)
T. Todorov: The Fantastic (excerpts)
M. Bakhtin: Aesthetic Vizualizing of Time/Space: The Chronotope;
F. Botting: Power in the Darkness: Heterotopias, Literature and Gothic Labyrinth

3. Ann Radcliffe
A. Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest (1791)
The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794, excerpts)
The Italian (1797, excerpts)
E. Burke: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (excerpts)
Reflections on the Revolution in France (excerpts)
S. Freud: Family Romances
L. Hunt: The Family Romance of the French Revolution (excerpts)
E. Bronfen: The Knotted Subject (excerpts)

4. (Ann Radcliffe,) Female Gothic & Classic Hollywood
Rebecca (A. Hitchcock, 1940)
The Spiral Staircase (R. Siodmak, 1945)
Secret Beyond the Door (F. Lang, 1946)
S. Kracauer: Hollywood’s Terror Films
D. Waldman: “At Least I Can Tell It to Someone”: Feminine Point of View and Subjectivity in the Gothic Romance Film of the 1940s

5. Female Gothic & the Cold War
I. Levin, Rosemary’s Baby (1967)
P. Will: Translator’s Preface to Karl Grosse, Horrid Mysteries (1796)
R. Hofstadter: Paranoid Style in American Politics

6. Violence, Angst
M. G. Lewis, The Monk (1796)
Ch. Maturin, Melmoth, the Wanderer (excerpts, 1820)
S. Freud: The Uncanny
T. de Lauretis: The Violence of Rhetoric
M. Bal: The Rape of Narrative and the Narrative of Rape

7. Gothic Bodies
G. Wittkop, The Necrophiliac (2005)
J. Kristeva: The Powers of Horror (excerpts)

8. Victorian Gothic and its Legacy
J. S. Le Fanu, Carmilla (1872)
B. Stoker, Dracula (excerpts, 1897)
M. Ernst, A Week of Kindness (1933)
F. Kittler: Dracula’s Legacy

9. American Gothic: Uncanny Frontiers
C. B. Brown, Wieland, or the Transformation (1798)
Halloween H20 (S. Miner, 1998)
L. Blake: All Hail to the Serial Killer: America’s Last Frontier Hero in the Age of Reaganite Eschatology and Beyond
E. Savoy: The Rise of American Gothic
C. Clover, Men, Women and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (excerpts)

10. American Gothic II: Black Matters
E. Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)
Candyman (B. Rose, 1992)

11. American Gothic III: American Dream
A Nightmare on Elm Street (W. Craven, 1984)
The Skeleton Key (I. Softley, 2005)

12. Screening: The Cabin in the Woods (D. Goddard, 2012)

13. Gothic Economy
Hostel (E. Roth, 2005)
Hostel: part 2 (E. Roth, 2007)
C. Peters: A Neoliberal’s Manifesto

14. Gothic Limits
W. H. Hodgson, The House on the Borderland
The Cabin in the Woods (D. Goddard, 2012)

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