ENGL 347

Gothic American Literature

This course explores the theoretical, political, and aesthetic dimensions of the gothic literary tradition in the U.S. from its late 18th-century inception to the current day. Along with a variety of primary literature, students consider foundational theoretical texts (Freud, Lacan) and secondary sources relevant to the uniquely American iteration of the Gothic, particularly those that interrogate the tradition┬┐s functions as dark counter-narrative to progressive U.S. ideology. Authors may include the following: Brown, Poe, Hawthorne, Crane, James, Wharton, O┬┐Connor, Faulkner, Jackson, Capote, Whitehead.

Prerequisites: ENGL 220, one course from ENGL 221-239 strongly recommended.