Madness is one aspect of the American Gothic which still interests American writers. It was an important element in creating the American imagination. We will read Poe, James and Nabokov in order to see how the theme of madness developed in American literature and how each writer reflects the transitions in the American imagination.
Lectures on the theme of the course will be given at the beginning of class including the social and biographical background of each writer. Each student will read the work before the lecture and give a presentation on the assigned pages. Questions and class discussions will follow. A reading test will be given at the start of studying each work to check on how well you have read it. The final exam will be an essay exam.
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart”
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
Vladimir Nabokov, “Signs and Symbols”
To be announced as the content of the lectures requires.
Research on the criticism and information on the work before giving your presentation. Participate actively in the discussions. Read carefully in the English text. The class will be conducted in English as much as possible.
Evaluation will be based on the essay exam, presentation, active class discussion and reading tests.
１．Introduction: Postmodernism ２．Lecture on Poe and "The Tell-tale Heart" ３．Presentations and discussions on "The Tell-tale Heart" ４．Presentations and discussions on "The Tell-tale Heart" ５．Lecture on James and The Turn of the Screw ６．Presentations and discussions on The Turn of the Screw ７．Presentations and discussions on The Turn of the Screw ８．Presentations and discussions on The Turn of the Screw ９．Presentations and discussions on The Turn of the Screw 10．Lecture on Nabokov and "Signs and Symbols" 11．Presentations and discussions on "Signs and Symbols" 12．Presentations and discussions on "Signs and Symbols" 13．Presentations and discussions on "Signs and Symbols" 14．Summary Lecture 15．Essay Exam
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