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March 2024  Hybrid
Module 2 of Haunting Tales Series.
Mixed Lecture/Discussion • Low intensity
For the very first time, Shirley Jackson’s estate has authorized a book inspired by Shirley Jackson’s work. The 2023 novel A Haunting on the Hill by author Elizabeth Hand (a three-time Shirley Jackson, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award winner) is a direct response to Shirley Jackson’s 1959 classic story The Haunting of Hill House. How does Elizabeth Hand challenge, update, and/or expand on the ideas of Shirley Jackson? How well does A Haunting on the Hill continue the tale of The Haunting of Hill House and/or stand on its own as a work of Gothic horror?

In this module, we will consider the challenges of the sequel or “inspired-by” work, discuss A Haunting on the Hill both in its context and on its own merits, note how the novel fits into Elizabeth Hand’s larger body of writings, and explore the ongoing relevance of the Gothic to 21st-century readers.

Note: This module's companion module The Haunting of Hill House is running in January 2024. The January module is not a pre-requisite for the March module but taking both will allow students to see the books in conversation with each other.

Required Texts

A Haunting on the Hill by Elizabeth Hand (2023). Any edition.
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This class will be Hybrid (half lecture & half discussion):

• LECTURES (recorded live) on the Tuesday sessions
• DISCUSSIONS live (not recorded) on the Friday sessions

Days and Times

Meeting on Tuesdays & Fridays at 8:00 PM Eastern for four 1-hour lectures (Tuesdays) and four 1-hour discussion groups (Fridays) on March 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, and 29

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