English R1A

Reading and Composition: Monster Culture in Print and Film

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
2 Summer 2019 Mittnacht, Veronica Vizuet
TuWTh 1-3:30 305 Wheeler D

Book List

Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein; Sheridan Le Fanu, Joseph : Carmilla; Stoker, Bram: Dracula

Other Readings and Media

Supplemental films and readings TBA


The 19th century saw the publication of several landmark monster novels, birthing a genre that would achieve a similarly widespread popularity in the films of the 1980s and 1990s. This course will examine three monsters of Victorian literature—Frankenstein, Dracula ,and Carmilla—and compare the original texts to contemporary film versions, asking the questions: what makes a monster monstrous? Where does the feeling of horror really come from? And why might this genre have reemerged when it did in American culture? In attempting to answer these questions, students will also work to develop analytic and rhetorical skills and learn to write powerfully and persuasively.

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