14 yrs and up, $175 – Prerequisite: One other intermediate level course.
Explore some of the most dramatic, mysterious, and thrilling tales ever told. Witness anew the gripping battle between good and evil. How are we to succeed in confronting the forces of darkness? What happens when man tries to play God? These beautiful works of Victorian Gothic literature shed the light of truth upon the desperate struggles of their characters. Some of the scenes are undoubtedly grim, but the subject matter is not written for mere sensationalist reasons, but rather to reveal the true nature of evil and affirm the triumph of beauty, truth, and goodness. Gothic literature tears the mask off of evil and exposes its lies, like a light shone into a corner that casts out and destroys the darkness.
Important note on the readings for Victorian Gothic:
All of the readings for this course are available for free online. Links are provided below. Students do not need to obtain their own copies of the readings. If you do prefer to have a physical book, please make sure that the book is unabridged (most should be). Please also avoid reading introductions or interpretations of the stories before you read them and discuss them in class. The goal of this course is to let the stories speak for themselves, as the authors intended.
Week 1: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Letter 1 - Ch. 12
Week 2: Frankenstein, Ch. 13 - Concluding Letters
Week 3: Dracula by Bram Stoker, Ch. 1 - 13
Week 4: Dracula, Ch. 14 - 27
Week 5: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, Introduction - Ch. 12
Week 6: The Phantom of the Opera, Ch. 13 - Epilogue
Week 7: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 8: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Ch. 1 - 10
Week 9: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Ch. 11 - 20
Week 10: The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 11: Short Story Anthology by Rudyard Kipling: The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes/The Phantom Rickshaw/My Own True Ghost Story
Week 12: Short Story Anthology 1 by Edgar Allan Poe: The Masque of the Red Death/The Black Cat
Week 13: Short Story Anthology 2 by Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart/The Oval Portrait
Week 14: Short Story Anthology by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment/The Birthmark/Young Goodman Brown