ENGL-376 American Gothic
This course proposes that religious terror and the genre of the spiritual autobiography have profoundly shaped the contours of American culture and its literatures. The class will examine how religious discourse, overtly silenced by legal strategies and public rhetoric, speaks loudly in a variety of discredited texts, ranging from domestic "porno-gothic" texts (Lippard, Poe, Stephen King) to eschatological-apocalyptic Gothic (Wigglesworth, Edwards, Adams, Twain) to political Gothic (Melville, Lincoln, Dixon, H.P. Lovecraft).
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Spring '05: Bass R (file download)
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