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EN255: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

EN255: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century British Literature- Professor Patricia Comitini

M/W/F 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Fulfills UC Humanities Requirement; Flex Cat

Monsters, Vampires, Ghosts and Zombies. Need I say more? All these supernatural phenomena have their origins in nineteenth-century British literature and the stories we tell about them, whether in film or on TV or in contemporary fiction, still use the same motifs as the original texts. They may be updated, but these stories are largely indebted to the originals for their reason to exist. In this course, we’ll study the original texts and find out what’s so interesting about them and study why this ill-begotten progeny is born in nineteenth -century England. Among some poetry and shorter stories we’ll read those novels that endure the most: Frankenstein, Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde. No Prerequisite.