The Female Gothic: Online Course


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The Female Gothic: Online Course is a study of five novels by authors of the 18th and 19th centuries, exemplifying the principles of the genre of the female gothic. The key issues discussed are those in the forefront of the female gothic, including: the relationship between men and women, imprisonment of women, marriage, motherhood, relationships between mothers and daughters, control of female characters by other characters, and the use of the supernatural. This course also explores why the female gothic is seen as separate from the gothic genre as a whole, as well as the societal forces which affected the authors of this genre. This is a full-length, fourteen-week course which includes lecture material, visual aides, and study questions. Two-week periods are devoted to each novel, with the remaining weeks providing time for an introduction, lectures connecting issues between the novels, and a summary of the course.

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