Horror Fiction (LIT4325.01)

Paul La Farge

Pleasure is one part of the aesthetic experience of fiction; another part is terror. This course will be a survey of major works of horror fiction from the 19th century through the present. We’ll pay particular attention to the techniques of writing horror, and the uses to which fiction writers have put them, from psychological examination through social critique and beyond. Works by Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, H.P. Lovecraft, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Brian Evenson and others. Two critical papers and various creative assignments, including in-class assignments.

Prerequisites: Interested students should submit 3-5 pages of either fiction or critical prose, and also a short statement (1p. maximum) describing their interest in the class to Paul La Farge at paul.lafarge@gmail.com by November 3. Class lists will be posted November 10.
Credits: 4
W 10:10am - 12:00pm; 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, Literature, Updates, 4000, Paul La Farge.