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Spring Interterm Courses

Horror in Literature and Film

Horror in Literature and Film

ENGL 2708- 4 credits

Dates: March 18 - 22, 2012
Days: Monday - Friday
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Instructor: Billy Stratton and Charlotte Quinney

Description:  In this course, students will survey the aesthetic and philosophical conventions of horror, analyzing the genre from psychoanalytic, narratological, and ideological perspectives. From its roots in the gothic novel, to German Expressionist cinema, and self-reflexive postmodern irony, students will explore the artistic and economic facets of the horror industry, reading classic texts by Bram Stoker and John Polidori, and viewing seminal films by noted horror directors including George Romero. John Carpenter, and Wes Craven. Of particular interest will be the ways in which the horror film represents gender, sexuality, and race, as well as its negotiation of exploitation and empowerment, and the locus of pleasure, spectatorship, and identification. 

Contact: Billy Stratton at or Charlotte Quinney at