"Monsters" examines the fears and anxieties that gave birth to two monstrous classics in the nineteenth century, from biographical misery to scientific megalomania and imperialist fantasy: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818/1831) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897). It will draw on short related texts (chemistry lectures, political tracts, etc.), Romantic poems, short stories, early stage adaptations, private journals, and--most importantly--an array of mainstream and little known films, from James Whale's 1930 Frankenstein to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner(1982), and from F.W. Murnau's Expressionist masterpiece Nosferatu (1922) to Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula. And in doing so it will unravel our strange inheritances from these perennially popular and powerful works, which have become myths by which we still live. Lectures; discussion sections; mandatory screenings (max. 6); 2 midterms; 2 papers, cumulative final, quizzes & skills assignments.