Project #84585 - ENGL 460: Late 19th Century Gothic

ENGL 460: Late 19th Century Gothic

Literary Analysis with Research (30% of final grade)

Length: 5-7 pages, Times New Roman, double-spaced

Format: MLA

*Must include at least 2 outside sources (sources other than the primary texts or those articles I provided for you)

Due: Wednesday, September 30th

 

Your essay should focus on one of the topics below OR a topic of your choice approved by me in advance.

 

For more details on writing a literary analysis essay, click on the following link: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/618/1/

 

                           

1. As the “Introduction” to Late-Victorian Gothic Tales tells us:

            for readings from in the 1890’s, it is helpful to think of this distinction as             producing a continuum from the subtle terrors of the psychological Gothic to             the body horrors of the physiological Gothic. Writers in the psychological             mode, like Vernon Lee or Henry James, tended to define themselves against the lowly,        vulgar sensations of the physical mode. (xii)

Choose ONE of the Gothic works (story or novel) that we discussed in class and explain how it might fit into one of these two modes: psychological Gothic or physiological Gothic. You might also discuss how the work straddles the line between the “vulgar sensations of the physical mode” and the higher aesthetic of the “psychological” mode. Make sure to use specific examples from the work to prove your points.

 

2. Choose ONE of the Gothic works (story or novel) we discussed in class and explore how this work deals with Otherness. Remember, the Other is different from the norm, and challenges the reigning ideology. So, in the late nineteenth century, the Other in England might be the mob (an angry crowd of the working class who pose a threat to the middle and upper classes). Or, the Other could be ‘other’ nationalities, races, ethnicities, etc. The Other could also be defined as the female gender in a patriarchal society such 19th century England and America. You can use this topic to discuss how the Gothic deals with gender, or with class, or with race. But choose one of these in particular. Make sure to use specific examples from the text to prove your claims.

                                            

3. As Luckhurst, in the introduction to Late-Victorian Gothic Literature, says “some critics hold that the genre speaks to the universal, primitive taboos about the very foundational elements of what it means to be human” (xiii). Choose ONE of the works we studied in class and discuss it uses Gothic elements to explore these “taboos” and “what it means to be human.” Make sure to use specific examples from the text to support your claims.

 

 

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