TITLE: AMERICAN HORROR FILMS

This analytical writing course will take as its topic American horror films, and in our analysis of these films we will take into consideration how they represent America in general, and to a large extent, their representations of the Family in particular. American horror films have been obsessed with the Family ever since Hitchcock's Psycho in 1960, arguably the first horror film to locate the source of horror within the family. Because horror films are often products of our collective, national nightmares, they can show us a lot about our fears and anxieties as a culture. When they depict the horror coming from inside the home, they suggest something of our fears and anxieties about family in particular. We will view about six films in their entirety; among the films we will study may be Psycho, Rosemary's Baby, Night of the Living Dead, and the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Above all, this is an analytical writing course. Our chief aims in the course will be to strengthen analytical writing and reading skills, so expect to do a significant amount of writing and reading.