Vampires, Ghosts, and Cemeteries: Gothic Dublin and London

Faculty:
Dr. Staci Stone (More Info)

Course:
Vampires, Ghosts, and Cemeteries: Gothic Dublin and London

Program Dates:
December 26, 2019 —January 08, 2020

Honors Credit:
Available

WKU Course:
TBA

Discipline(s):
English Language and Literature , Gender Studies

Course Description:
We will encounter vampires, ghosts, murder, and cemeteries--in Gothic literature and in person as we explore London and Dublin. Readings by Stoker, Wilde, Elizabeth Bowen, Edgeworth, Keats, Coleridge, and Stevenson will inform our adventures in Highgate Cemetery, the British Museum, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and Tower of London. In addition to exploring Jack the Ripper sites, we will experience the haunted history of Dublin. If you enjoy sublime scenery and gruesome acts, join this journey through the Gothic tradition.

Prerequisites:
Completion of an intro English course or similar.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect 4-6 miles of walking on class days.

Course Highlights:
We will encounter vampires, ghosts, murder, and cemeteries—in Gothic literature and in person as we explore London and Dublin. Readings by Stoker, Wilde, Elizabeth Bowen, Edgeworth, Keats, Coleridge, and Stevenson will inform our adventures in Highgate Cemetery, the British Museum, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and Tower of London. In addition to exploring Jack the Ripper sites, we will experience the haunted history of Dublin. If you enjoy sublime scenery and gruesome acts, join this journey through the Gothic tradition. Bram Stoker’s Dracula will be our main text, with other, shorter readings by English and Irish writers of Gothic literature. Classes will be held on-site at Highgate Cemetery, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and more. Due to the Gothic elements in Harry Potter, we will also visit some Potter sites, which are nearby Stoker and Mary Shelley locations in London. Planned walking tours include a Jack the Ripper Tour in London and a Haunted Dublin tour; we will also visit museums, galleries, and libraries. Students will gain a better understanding of the Gothic literary tradition and of the Irish Gothic through discussion of texts and personal experience of Gothic architecture and design.