Sunday, August 27, 2017
Welcome! Classes at the George Washington University (GWU) start tomorrow, August 28, 2017, and I am getting ready to introduce the students of ENGL 3810 to the rich world of horror, speculative fiction, and hauntings in American literature. Choosing texts for this course was as exciting and inspiring as it was frustrating. There is such a fabulous array of texts that showcase monsters, hauntings, and horror since the turn of the century, and it was a difficult experience cutting texts from the final selection. Fortunately, my reflections in this blog will speak to those texts that could not be included in the syllabus this semester.
English 3810: American Horror Stories is a course I created for GWU, through which I was awarded a CCAS Graduate Teaching Fellowship for Fall 2017. As an undergraduate seminar, this course examines the significance of monsters and hauntings in American culture from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Our course will be organized around in-class discussions, close reading analysis, and, more importantly, a “Monster Blog” students will create and curate throughout the semester. And since students will be required to make their analysis of this semester’s texts public (via blogs), I will also be posting bi-weekly about our class activities, reflections on that day’s texts, and further reading recommendations. I will also provide links for my student’s blogs, readings, and assignments throughout the semester.For more detailed information about the course, please see the syllabus. I hope you’ll read along with us!