This year’s class will focus primarily on five subgenres of novels and short stories, starting with the Gothic. We will also look at the social-problem story and novel, the comedy of manners, the action/adventure story and novel, and finally, we will look at the changing roles and perceptions of women in literature.
August 31 Read The Castle of Otranto, Chapter 2.
September 1 Read The Castle of Otranto, Chapter 3.
September 3 Read The Castle of Otranto, Chapter 4.
September 4 Read The Castle of Otranto, Chapter 5.
September 7 Labor Day – No Class
September 8 – PowerPoint on the Shelleys, Byron, and Frankenstein.
September 10 – Finish PowerPoint Read Byron’s “A Fragment of a Tale,”
September 11 – Read John Polidori’s “The Vampyre
Below you will find in a pdf format some of the Gothic/horror texts we will be reading the first nine weeks.
1820, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow“
Edgar Allan Poe, short stories (available in the book assigned for this class)