The aim of this course is to introduce students to the major transformations of the gothic literary mode in English through the in-depth study of key works from the 18th and 19th centuries: Walpole: The Castle of Otranto, Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, Stevenson: The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Stoker: Dracula, Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray,and James: The Turn of the Screw. A close reading of these works will provide the basis for discussions, and will be complemented by the investigation of broader historical and cultural contexts. Some issues and examples of present-day critical reception will also be introduced.
Students have a choice between
a)writing a home essay on one of the gothic novels covered in class (6-8 pages, Times New Roman, 12p, double spaced) and giving a short presentation (about 15 mins),
b)taking an exam for which familiarity with the six novels and at least THREE of the recommended critical texts is necessary
For the course material go to http://seas3.elte.hu/coursematerial/RuttkayVeronika/index.html