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Syllabus 2018-19

Term 1 (tutor: Prof. Stephen Shapiro)

Required Reading not in a text can be found on the forum:
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/americanhorrorstory/forum/

1. Introduction (TBC)

2. Edgar Allan Poe, Selected Tales (Oxford) (1820/30s)

read in this order: "The Masque of the Red Death"; "The Imp of the Perverse"; "William Wilson"; "The Man of the Crowd"; "The Black Cat"; "The Fall of the House of Usher"; "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"; "Hop-Frog"; "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether."

and forum readings

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

and forum readings

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

and forum readings

5. H.P. Lovecraft, stories. Get this edition: Classic Horror Stories (Oxford): “Horror at Red Hook,” “Call of Cthulhu”; At The Mountains of Madness" and “Case of Charles Dexter Ward” (on forum) (1920s)

6. Reading Week

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

and forum readings

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

9. Poppy Z. Brite, Exquisite Corpse (Gollancz, 1996); Diamanda Galas, Plague Mass (in-class); David Wojnarowicz, "X-rays from Hell" (on forum)

and forum readings

10. George Romero, Night of the Living Dead (in-class);

and forum readings

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; to be supplied) and The Witch (Dir. Robert Eggers, 2015)

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

4. Flannery O’Connor, 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' and 'A View of the Woods' (to be supplied); 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 to be supplied.

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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