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PS Gothic Vision : Course Description

Course Description


Film Screenings: Mo, 18.15-19.45, C601
Bereich: Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft
Unterrichtssprache: Englisch

Lektüre: Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho; selected romantic poetry; Christine Feehan, The Scarletti Curse; Angela Carter, "The Bloody Chamber", "The Lady of the House of Love" (from The Bloody Chamber); J. Sheridan LeFanu, "Carmilla";
Filme: Mathieu Kassovitz, Gothika; Terence Fisher, Dracula; Francis Ford Coppola, Bram Stoker's Dracula;
Texte (anzuschaffen): Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho; Christine Feehan, The Scarletti Curse; J. Sheridan LeFanu, "Carmilla";
Texte (empfohlen): A reader will be provided for the first meeting.

Labyrinthine gloomy buildings where the grotesque sculptures seem to be alive... secret chambers that must not be opened... monsters and dark curses that threaten our innocent heroine... vampires whose bite is as dangerous as it is seductive... In this seminar, we will have a close look at the development and the characteristics of the gothic novel and its philosophical background. We will start off with a classic of the genre, Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho (which you should have read by the beginning of the term) and will then try to find out how the gothic tradition is appropriated by 20th-century authors and directors by focussing on the popular gothic romance (The Scarletti Curse), Angela Carter's postmodern adaptations of gothic motifs, and a film assembling all the gothic stereotypes (Gothika). We will then scrutinize the vampire as gothic stock character and his/her metamorphoses from LeFanu's "Carmilla" to Ann Rice's Vampire Chronicles and the different depictions of Dracula on screen.
Students attending this course must be willing to master a substantial deal of reading and prepare a brief group presentation. Attendance of film screenings is compulsory!