ENGL341 Irish-Scots Gothic and the Gothic as Genre
Note: This information is for 2014, and may have been updated since the Guide to Enrolment was printed.
|Title||Irish-Scots Gothic and the Gothic as Genre|
|Teaching Period(s)||Not offered in 2014, expected to be offered in 2015|
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Ye Onlie True and Original Spook': a study of the Gothic with particular reference to Irish-Scots Gothic.
Prerequisite: 18 200-level ENGL points
Restriction: ENGL 241
Schedule C: Arts and Music
Note: Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
The Gothic, with its panoply of ghosts, skeletons, werewolves, revenants, monsters, ruined castles, devils and the mad, bad, overwrought and those in extremis, has held an enduring fascination for Irish and Scottish writers, a number of whom have made a significant contribution to the genre. This paper will examine three foundational Gothic novels (by Horace Walpole, William Beckford and Mary Shelley) before exploring a selection of Scottish and Irish texts from the early nineteenth century to the present, paying close attention to questions of political and national context. Authors studied include: Walter Scott, James Hogg, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Bowen, and Iain Banks.
Note: This course is taught in conjunction with ENGL 241
Three Gothic Novels (Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; William Beckford, Vathek; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein) (Penguin)
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Penguin)
J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla (Prime)
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Penguin)
Bram Stoker, Dracula (Penguin)
Iain Banks, The Bridge (Abacus)
Muriel Spark, The Ballad of Peckham Rye (Penguin)
(Short stories by Walter Scott, Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Bowen will also be included in the Course Reader)