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At the end of this module, students will:
(a) have a critical understanding of the relationship between horror and modernity.
(b) have a discipline-specific knowledge of literary techniques, devices, and writing styles that are prevalent in the genre, and thus be able to conceptualise horror theoretically.
(c) be able to outline the evolution of horror from the nineteenth century onwards, paying particular attention to literary and socio-historical contexts.
(d) be able to account for the role and function of horror in popular culture specifically, paying particular attention to the module’s key topics and themes.
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Masque of the Red Death” (1842 short story).
Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (1886 novella).
Henry James, "The Turn of the Screw" (1898 novella).
Shirley Jackson, "The Haunting of Hill House" (1959 novel).
Robert Bloch, "Psycho" (1959 novel).
Ira Levin, "Rosemary’s Baby" (1967 novel).
William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist" (1971 novel).
Stephen King, "The Shining" (1977 novel).
Clive Barker, “The Forbidden” (1985 short story).
Koji Suzuki, "Ring" (1991 novel).
Tananarive Due, “Summer” (2012 short story).
*Any edition of texts acceptable, but you must have Robert B. Rohmer and Glynne Walley’s translation of "Ring". Short stories and recommended secondary readings will be provided on Brightspace.
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Not applicable to this module.
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• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Written feedback is provided to students individually via Brightspace, with the opportunity for face-to-face feedback if necessary.