Course detail: OSH144 - American Gothic Stories I
The Gothic story is central to the American literary imagination. From Washington Irving to Stephen King, from Edgar Allan Poe to Joyce Carol Oates and Philip K. Dick, haunted houses, haunted minds and ghosts populate our literature. In this course (the first of two), we'll discuss works by Poe, Hawthorne, Oates, Faulkner, Cheever and O'Connor. As a whole, the stories ask us to consider why the dark side is so prominent in a country dedicated to optimism and the future. We'll also discuss haunted-house (Gothic) movies, the dark side of Romantic literature, and the haunting of the modern imagination by Sigmund Freud.