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January 2024 Candidate
The Gothic genre has inspired many creative minds to explore the darker realms of human psychology and the wider world, sparking fear, terror, horror and repulsion in its audience. J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth is as much a ruined Gothic wasteland as it is an idyllic utopia. From Shelob's cave and the hypnotic Mirkwood to the Paths of the Dead and the Barrow-Downs, this module will examine Tolkien's use of Dark Romantic and Gothic techniques that were used by writers such as Horace Walpole, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and E.T.A. Hoffman to strike terror in the heart of their readers.

The module is structured as follows:
• Class 1: The Funk of Forty Thousand Years: A Literary History of the Gothic (60m)
• Class 2: Nevermore… Echoes of the Supernatural (60m)
• Class 3: Curdling the Milk: Repulsion and Horror (60m)
• Class 4: Conjuring Creepy Creatures (60m)
• Class 5: The Dark Side of the Mind (90m)
• Class 6: History’s Horrific Ruins (60m)
• Class 7: Wild and Deadly Landscapes (90m)

Required Texts

There is no pre-reading required for this module and no secondary material required. All extracts from texts used throughout this Tolkien and the Romantics' module will appear on the presentations and class workbooks.

This is a candidate for January 2024 which means it will only run if there is enough interest. Token holders can vote on candidate modules.

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Days and Times

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:00 PM Eastern. Unless otherwise specified, classes will run for 1 hour on January 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 (for 90 minutes), 18, 23 (for 90 minutes).

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