2009-10 MM Romantic, Gothic, Modern: Literature and Culture around 1800, Mo 16-18
- Time: Monday 16-18
Introduction. Technicalities. -- Three concepts and their connection: Modernity, Romanticism, Gothic
Established Views in Literary History: Romanticism
Coleridge, ‘The Ancient Mariner’ (1798 and 1817), Coleridge on the Supernatural.
Established Views in Literary History: Gothic
The Typical Genre Features of Gothic Fiction as Found in The Monk (Sedgwick and others).
- Ann Radcliffe “On the Supernatural” (1826);
- Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky, The Coherence of Gothic Conventions, New York / London: Methuen, 1986, ch. 1: " The Structure of Gothic Conventions".
Lewis, The Monk: Plot Structure, Narrative Perspectives.
Lewis, The Monk: “The Dark Side of What?”: Passion, Repression, Violence. The Monk and the Contemporary Debate
A first resumé of tensions and debates: Gothic and romantic, and the relation of both towards ‘modernity’
William Godwin, Caleb Williams 1: The (plot) structure of CW; CW as a Critique of the English Social System and the Character and Development of Mr. Falkland
William Godwin, Caleb Williams II Narrative Techniques, Caleb’s character and his changing perspective on Falkland. The alternative ending.
CW , The Monk, and the Public Debate as a Gothic, a Romantic or a Modern text. – Constructing Different Readings.
Course Evaluation. – Final Discussion.
Feedback on Course Evaluation. –Presentation and Student Discussion of Term Paper Projects.