LLSL

2336

American Gothic

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

American Gothic

Fall 2019

Taught By: Anthony Galluzzo

Section: A

CRN: 7232

Credits: 4

How do we read the gothic undercurrent in US literary and cultural history, especially if we consider the prominent role of racial anxieties and settler colonial violence in many American gothic fictions? What is the difference between horror and terror? In a white, “middle-class,” mainstream American culture that, from its very beginnings, has aggressively looked to the future and denied the past—a convenient worldview when that bloody past includes the dispossession of native peoples and the enslavement of Africans—gothic tropes such as “haunting” or the return of the dead assume a symptomatic and even subversive significance. We will read a variety of gothic fictions, from novels to short stories to film, alongside various critical and historical materials, as we explore the connections between these fantastic narratives and very real histories and traumas—from the violent founding of the United States to chattel slavery and its enduring legacies, among other topics—over the course of the semester.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:05pm 8/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019