The `Gothic` has alternatively been interpreted as a fantasy of the threatening return of a repressed past, as an exploration of the aesthetics of fear, or as a fascination with transgression and decay. In the late Victorian period, the Gothic takes on a distinctly new shape: The demonic villain is no longer (only) the intruding foreigner from some unenlightened (`Catholic` or colonial) backwater of civilization but very much part of the self. In our seminar, we will analyze this new development by reading and thoroughly contextualizing three major classics of the genre: Robert Louis Stevenson`s `Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde` (1890), Bram Stoker`s `Dracula` (1897), and Henry James`s `The Turn of the Screw` (1898).
Robert Louis Stevenson, `Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde`
Bram Stoker, `Dracula`
Henry James`s `The Turn of the Screw`
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Registration: The number of participants in this course is limited to 40 students. Please use the course moodle to enrol for this class. Enrolment starts on March 31st at 12 a.m.