MENLO SCHOOL • SINCE 1915

Gothic Literature (1S)

Biography

A shape of a house, arising from the mist. A figure, seen from the corner of the eye. A deep and growing sense of doom and danger. Gothic literature has been, since the eighteenth century, not only a genre of terror and place but one associated with underrepresented authors and popular culture. It is not a genre that has been left in the past, however; rather, it is one that has thrived through the nineteenth, twentieth, and now twenty-first centuries. We will delve into the origins of traditional gothic literature to explore how contemporary authors have redefined the genre. By shifting the focus from malevolent individuals to the underlying systems that allow evil to flourish, these authors have made the genre uniquely their own. Readings may include texts from writers such as Bronte, Faulkner, Moreno-Garcia, and Huang.