Gothic Literature: Monster Stories *

From vampires to ghosts, these frightening stories have influenced fiction writers since the 18th century.  This course will focus on the major themes found in Gothic literature and demonstrate how the core writing drivers produce, for the reader, a thrilling psychological environment. Terror versus horror, the influence of the supernatural, and descriptions of the difference between good and evil are just a few of the themes presented. By the time students have completed this course, they will have gained an understanding of and an appreciation for the complex nature of dark fiction.

Unit 1

Lesson 1: Gothica

Lesson 2: Frankenstein

Lesson 3: Frankenstein

Lesson 4: Jekyll and Hyde

Unit 2

Lesson 5: Gothic Poetry

Lesson 6: Dracula

Lesson 7: Dracula

Lesson 8: Edgar Allan Poe

Final Exam

* This course requires you to prove your ability to adhere to the expectations of HHSO prior to being enrolled into it. Therefore, coach approval is required.