English 2218

Gothic Fiction

Henry Hicks 217 W: 19:05 - 20:55
Instructor: David McNeil
Office: 3193 6135 University (McCain Building)
Office Hours: MW 2:30 - 4:00, T 4:30 - 5:30 (or call for an appointment)
Phone: 494-3508 E-Mail: dmcneil@dal.ca
WebCT - Integrated Learning Online (ILO)


This class examines the origins and development of gothic fiction as a phenomenon of popular culture. Why is it that so many of us wish to experience fear vicariously? How are we to understand this fascination, even titillation, with evil and terror? Is the gothic ultimately harmless entertainment, or does it influence societal behavior with regard to torment and punishment? What are the significant gender issues in gothic fiction? These are some of the basic questions that we will attempt to answer.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation (10%), a mid-term test (20%), a research essay or creative project (40%), and Final Exam (30%). The class will use various electronic resources, including e-texts from the internet and WebCT. All written work will have to be submitted to TurnITIN.com <http://www.dal.ca/~ilo/ilo_1622.html>. Students with permanent or temporary disabilities who would like to discuss classroom or exam accommodation are asked to see the instructor as soon as possible.


Radcliffe, Ann. The Italian. Oxford.

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Oxford.

Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oxford.

King, Stephen. The Shining. Simon & Schuster.

Baldick, Chris., ed. The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales. Oxford.

Last Updated: December 21, 2004