Joseph Adam Milutis
Examines the conventions that define genres and their historical evolution. Focuses on one or two genres taken from the traditional modes of lyric poetry, tragedy and comedy, and epic, or from the popular forms of gothic romance, detective and mystery stories, and journalistic fiction.
This quarter's focus will be on "the supernatural." We will explore supernatural fiction, from the 19th century to the present, reading various examples and applicable theoretical works, while contextualizing phenomena such as the uncanny, the ghostly, the monstrous and the weird in various moments of historical disruption, technological change, and political unrest.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
reading, discussion, participation.
Should be comfortable with expository writing and research.
Class assignments and grading
This class will be a research and writing class, so students should be ready to produce scholarly responses to the readings; as well, students should be prepared to do research readings over and above the assigned work for class.