English 149-2 - Fall, 2015

Topics in Literature

    Topic: Horror Fiction: From Gothic to Splatter

Class Information

Instructor: Milburn, Colin
CRN: 73366
Time: MWF 12:10-1:00
Location: 1120 Hart


    Clive Barker’s <i>Books of Blood</i> begins with a sinister pun: “We are all books of blood. Whenever we’re opened, we’re red.” This course will survey the genre of horror fiction from the nineteenth century to the present, addressing the ways in which horror narratives create meaning by disrupting, transforming, or demolishing the boundaries of the human body. Literary writings will be paired with films, critical essays, and other media. The course will focus on the development of critical reading skills and methods of textual analysis.


    midterm exam (20%); final exam (30%); two essays (25% each)


    The Brood, dir. David Cronenberg
    The Exorcist, dir. William Friedkin
    Dracula, Bram Stoker
    Night of the Living Dead, dir. George Romero
    The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories, H. P. Lovecraft
    It, Stephen King
    Hellraiser, dir. Clive Barker
    House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
    Psycho, dir. Alfred Hitchcock
    The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, dir. Tobe Hooper
    Rosemary's Baby, Ira Levin
    Books of Blood (volumes 1-3), Clive Barker
    Dead Alive, dir. Peter Jackson