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Syllabus 2018-19

Term 1 (tutor: Prof. Stephen Shapiro)

1. Introduction (TBC)

2. Edgar Allan Poe, Selected Tales (Oxford) (1820/30s), Louisa May Alcott, “Behind a Mask” (handout)

3. Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Huntly; Or, Memoirs of a Sleepwalker (1797) - get Hackett edition

4. The Red Road (2014-15), seasons 1+2 (SundanceTV). Available on Amazon Prime (first 6 months free with student prime). Otherwise copies will be in library.

Prime Video, S1+2 here

5. H.P. Lovecraft, stories. Get this edition: Classic Horror Stories (Oxford): “Horror at Red Hook,” “Call of Cthulhu”; “Case of Charles Dexter Ward” (handout) (1920s)

6. Reading Week

7. Victor Lavalle, The Ballad of Black Tom (St. Martin's Press, 2016)

(optional) Herman Melville, "Benito Cereno"

8. William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! (Vintage, 1936)

9. Poppy Z. Brite, Exquisite Corpse (Gollancz, 1996); Diamanda Galas, Plague Mass (in-class); "“If I die of AIDS – forget burial – just drop my body on the steps of the F.D.A.” David Wojnarowicz (handout)

10. George Romero, Night of the Living Dead (in-class); "The Motion Picture Production (Hays) Code" (handout).

Term 2 (tutor: Dr. Mark Storey)

Please note that I will try to arrange screenings of the films, but they are also available very cheaply as DVDs and many are available through streaming services.

1. Introduction (TBC)

2. Nathaniel Hawthorne, ‘Young Goodman Brown’ (1835; as handout) and The Witch (Dir. Robert Eggers, 2015)

3. Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)

4. Flannery O’Connor, readings TBA; S-Town (2017; this is a podcast that can be downloaded in the usual ways -- please let me know if you can't access it. Please listen to the first 2 episodes at least); and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1974)

5. Colson Whitehead, Zone One (Vintage, 2011)

6. Reading week

7. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ (1892) and Carmen Maria Machado, ‘The Husband Stitch’ (2017). Both as handouts.

8. Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin, 1959)

9. Charles Burns, Black Hole (Jonathan Cape, 1995-2005) and It Follows (Dir. David Robert Mitchell, 2014)

10. Ahmed Saadawi, trans. Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld, 2018)


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