### Wiemann,D.: The Gothic in Late Victorian Literature

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 Stevensons Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1890), Bram Stokers Dracula (1897), and Henry Jamess The Turn of the Screw (1898).

Literature:
Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Bram Stoker, Dracula
Henry Jamess The Turn of the Screw

More primary and secondary material will be made available on moodle by the beginning of the semester.

Hinweis:
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.