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Interterm classes

Poe and the Birth of Horror

ENGL 2708- 4 credits

Dates: December 2-6, 2013
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 9 am - 2 pm, remainder online
Instructor: Clark Davis

Description:  This course follows the trajectory of Edgar Allan Poe's development of the tale of horror. It begins by looking closely at some of his influences, chiefly the German romantics who invented the so-called kunstmärchen or literary fairy tale. There, many of the familiar devices in Poe's bag of tricks can be seen: automatons, doppelgängers, mad scientists (or magicians), and gothic spaces. Poe's famous poems and stories will be explored, beginning with "The Raven" and his remarkable essay describing its creation, "The Philosophy of Composition." Student will read and discuss as many of the major fear tales as possible, including "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Black Cat," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and others. The focus will be on Poe's mastery of the techniques of suspense, psychomachia, symbolism, and the uncanny.


Contact: Clark Davis at cldavis@du.edu

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