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The gothic and the sentimental are hallmarks of modern literary imagination. Since the late 18th century, storytellers have returned time and again to tales of obsession and horror and to narratives of emotional affiliation, continually reinventing the trappings of the genres while seeming nevertheless to preserve their core concerns. Why did these two imaginative modes spring up contemporaneously, and why have they proven to be so durable? In this course we will examine classic texts in the gothic and sentimental traditions while reading them alongside influential theoretical texts that seek to explain the force of their preoccupations. Students will evaluate a range of critical approaches and develop a research project examining a contemporary example of gothic and/or sentimental narrative.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Classic texts of gothic and sentimental literature and notable theoretical approaches to the genres.
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Several short essays and a research paper
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This course fulfills the Theory requirement and contributes to the Theory & Literary forms concentration of the English major.
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