Spring Readings for HUM303

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899) 9780141441672

Like chattel slavery, colonialism is Gothic in the extreme. In projecting his own shadows onto the African landscape, the European is ultimately imprisoned by that which he attempts to master.

Charlotte Dacre, Zofloya, or The Moor (1806) 9780199549733

A Terror Novel written at the time of the Haitian Revolution. Incest, murder, supernatural evil, and miscegenation.

Nick Groom, The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction 9780199586790

Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) 9780140437959

Jacobs is working in the vein of the Gothic Romance, influenced by a subgenre established by Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Thierry Jonquet, Mygale (1995) 9780872864092

A roman noir that slips into the nightmare territory of involuntary surgery and subterranean imprisonment.

Franz Kafka, The Castle (1922) 9780805211061

Kafka uses a core image and setting of the Gothic to explore the centerlessness of modernity.

Considered and deferred:

RL Stevenson, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

Toni Morrison, Beloved

Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Octavia Butler, Fledgling

ETA Hoffmann, The Devil’s Elixirs

Matthew Lewis, The Monk

Clara Reeve, The Old English Baron

Natsuo Kirino, Grotesque

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince

William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus

Thomas Middleton, Revenger’s Tragedy

Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Double

Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory

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