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Gothic Literature: The Struggle between Good and Evil

1st Group:
PS 2 st., Di 10-12, S 94 / GWI
BA Anglistik (1.2), A4, A7; MAIAS elective, Lehramt
SoSe 2014
Universität Bayreuth

2nd  Group:
PS 2 st., Do 14-16, S 6 / GWII
BA Anglistik (1.2), A4, A7; MAIAS elective, Lehramt

This seminar aims at providing an overview of the literary movement of the Gothic focusing on classic Gothic literature of the 19th century. Gothic literature reveals the “dark side” of human nature and its different faces. Therefore, we will first of all determine prominent themes, symbols and characters of Gothic fiction and trace them in the selected works. To find out why the authors of these classics were fascinated by the elements of the Gothic, we will read their works in the context of their time and culture. Since the fascination of the Gothic is still unbroken, there are many media adaptations of the works selected for this seminar. Where appropriate, excerpts of them will be shown.

Texts to be obtained by students:
Bram Stoker, Dracula
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
(Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles)

Course Overview:
Course Overview Gothic Literature/Tuesday-Group (pdf-file)
Course Overview Gothic /Thursday-Group (pdf-file)
Overview of Books available in the „Semesterapparat“ (238)