603-102-MQ, Gothic Literature
The words “Goth” and “Gothic” have evolved over the centuries to encompass a wide range of aesthetic, literary, architectural, and social meanings. How have the barbarian chieftains of East Germany come to share a name with bands like Bauhaus and Marilyn Manson? This course will examine the aestheticization of objects of fear through representative Gothic texts extending from the 18th century to 21st; various forms (poetry, short story, novel) will illustrate how the audience’s fascination with objects of fear knows few bounds. Students will discuss the significance of madness, architectural setting, mood, religion, and violence to the genre.