LONDON PROGRAM: Gothic Fiction and Architecture



Benjamin Morgan

Gothic fiction exploits our strange delight in fearful tales of mystery and suspense. In this course, we will study the development of gothic fiction since the eighteenth century, paying particular attention to architectural spaces such as castles, abbeys, churches, and ruins that contribute to the distinctive atmosphere of the gothic. How do authors use these imagined places to provoke terror in readers? Our study of fictional gothic architecture will draw us into the real spaces of London, where we will visit and study renowned Gothic Revival buildings such as the Houses of Parliament and St. Pancras railway station. Readings may include Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey; Bram Stoker, Dracula; Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray; and Henry James, The Turn of the Screw. (Fiction, 1650-1830)