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213H Course Calendar

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How To Use The Course Calendar
Using all of this information requires a bit of organization, so follow these general instructions. The works themselves, will be provided by individuals in the class, the first provided by me. You may bring in any medium you like, but you must provide materials for everyone in the class the week prior to your presentation. Read the online presentation of the format strategy for the week (Org & Outline, Quoting Your Sources, How To Take A Test, etc.). You are also required to read the thematic presentation for that week in Online Presentations (Character, Theme, Irony, etc.). Finally, read Questions for Reading and Writing. This will allow you to follow the schedule and be topical in the classroom. Read the directions. Assignments and due dates for papers and tests are announced in class. Most of this syllabus is self-explanatory. The following is a plan for the semester.

Tentative Schedule

WEEK I. Introduction to Horror Fiction

WEEK 2. Roots of Horror: Sex and Violence

WEEK 3. Literary Theory and Criticism/Point of View

WEEK 4. Roots of Horror: Psychological Horror

  • Primary Source:
    • Bier's Bird Box (Lee)

WEEK 5. Roots of Horror: The Trap

WEEK 6. Roots of Horror: Captivity

Roots of Horror: Fear

  • Primary Source:
    • DePalma's Carrie [In class viewing] (Whithorn)

WEEK 9. Roots of Horror: Plague and Pestilence

  • Irony
  • Primary Source:
    • Wan's The Conjuring" [In class viewing] (Sanchez)

WEEK 10. Roots of Horror: Greed

WEEK 11. Roots of Horror: The Creature

WEEK 12. Roots of Horror: Hate and Sloth

  • Symbolism
  • Primary Source:
    • Kubrick's The Shining [In class viewing] (Hengesbach)

WEEK 13. Roots of Horror: The Trap

  • Primary Source:
    • Johnstone's Housebound [In class viewing] (Fujita-Haffner)

WEEK 14.How It all Fits Together

WEEK 15.

  • Presentations

  • Term Paper due

    WEEK 16. Finals Week

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    Questions for Reading and Writing

    Something to keep in mind in your essays for this class:

    Be able to answer these four questions somewhere in the context of your essay. Please don't merely list the answers... make them part of your general discussion of the work.

    1. What is the message? Clearly state it and support your response from the text itself. There can be more than one answer.
    2. What is the prespective of the message? Be as specific as you can. Authors will create characters or "voices" to tell a story or give a viewpoint. In drama, that is all you get... all characters, no narrator.
    3. Who is the audience of the message? There can be more than one, often linked to the message...or a single message may have different audiences with different expected results. Again, be specific and use text for support.
    4. What methods does author use? Be specific, using terms from ENGL 101 -- irony, symbolism, theme, conflict -- and new terms from this course.
      • In poetry, the use of meter and rhyme and condensation of ideas into brief images is common.
      • In drama, the use of character, dialogue and setting are often important.
      • In literature, all of these aspects may be factors.
    Once you've gotten this information into your paper, then we apply the critical approaches to discuss HOW EFFECTIVELY the message was delivered by author.
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