The University of Hong Kong
School of English
English Studies
Literature Related Courses
ENGL2055 American Gothic: Haunted homes
Course description:
In this course we will examine the gothic as an important genre in American literature and trace its tradition over two hundred years of literary history. As a response to dominant ideas and conventions that shaped American literature, the gothic offers us a challenging perspective on the mainstream as well as on what it excludes. Beginning with some classic examples of the genre, we will seek to identify the elements and the rhetoric of the gothic text in order to appreciate the specific use that later writers have made of the gothic form.
Reading materials/scope of work:
a selection of American gothic literature
the elements and the rhetoric of the gothic text