English | Intro to Writing & the Study of Literature: Monsters
L141 | 25936 | Marsh

“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-know 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.  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.  Format:
Lectures; discussion sections; mandatory evening screenings (M/T,
max. 6).  Assignments (likely): 2 midterms, 2 papers, cumulative
final, quizzes & skills assignments.   Writing instruction: Emphasis
on brainstorming, analysis, revision—and how to combine all these in
polished essays.