English 176

Literature and Popular Culture: The Horror Genre

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2022 Jones, Donna V.
TWTh 12-2:30 140 Social Sciences D


Horror GenreThis course will examine the historical development of the horror genre in both film and literature. Horror is a notoriously comprehensive genre, borrowing from numerous story-telling and literary traditions—folktales, anonymous and literary, fantastic literature and the gothic. In this class, we will address the heterodox nature of this genre, while examining the socio-historical underpinnings of popular works of horror stories and films, paying close attention to representations of race, gender, and sexuality.

Assigned Works: Carmen Machado - Her Body and Other Parties; Angela Carter - “The Erl-King,”; Collected Stories of Edgar Allen Poe; Victor LaValle - The Ballad of Black Tom; Yoko Ogawa - Revenge; 

Films: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, F. Lang; Brides of Dracula and The Paranoiac, Hammer Studio; The Wicker Man, R. Hardy; Get Out, J. Peele; Hereditary, A. Aster

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