Comparative Literature | Detective, Mystery, and Horror Literature
C217 | 6263 | AI: Erin Plunkett

C217 Detective, Mystery, and Horror Literature
Section 6263 MWF 10:10-11:00 (3 cr.)
Instructor: Plunkett
*satisfies A & H requirement*

This class will explore the origins, evolution, conventions,
criticism, and theory of the horror genre and raise questions about
the relationship of narrative to suspense, mystery, trauma, and
terror. We will begin with gothic and romantic tales of horror,
sample a range of mystery stories from the late 19th and early 20th
century, and end with existential horror of Kafka and Sartre.
Primary texts will be supplemented by a variety of theoretical

Possible texts include: Heinrich Von Kleist’s The Marquise of O, Mary
Shelley’s Frankenstein, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Der Sandmann, Bram Stoker’s
Dracula, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, the works of Edgar Allan
Poe, Kafka’s The Trial and
Metamorphoses, Sartre’s Nausea, and Nabokov’s Pale Fire.