The Female Gothic

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Women & Gothic Novel

Spring 2019

Taught By: Frances Chiu

Section: A

CRN: 6917

Credits: 3

Modern feminist critics are apt to dismiss the gothic novel, complaining that it portrays women as victims, frightened and powerless. Eighteenth-century critics, however, were of a different mind. As they saw it, such novels encouraged women to become "frisky"--in other words, too active for their own good. This course examines pre-Romantic and early Victorian Gothic novels in their immediate social and political contexts. Why were female novelists seemingly fixated on the arbitrary father, the dark castle, the coerced marriage, and the brave virginal heroine? To what extent did these writers conceive of their fiction of suspense and horror as a medium of cultural critique? How did they envision its potential as an agent of empowerment? How did they negotiate masculine norms of behavior? The readings for this class include the so-called grandfather of the gothic novel, Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto (1764); the first known female-authored gothic, Clara Reeve's Old English Baron (1778), and excerpts from her Progress of Romance (1785); Ann Radcliffe's Romance of the Forest (1791); Matthew Lewis' Monk (1796); Charlotte Dacre's Zofloya (1798); Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 17

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: 5:40am 6/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

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Building: Online Course

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Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/13/2019