Honors Course: ENGL 2323 – British Literature II

“Gothic Literature”

Gothic Literature and Its Popular Accomplices, newly minted as a British Literature 2 course, is the space where Professor Melissa Holton and students debate the meaning(s) of the concept of the Gothic within a literary and cultural context. We discuss Frankenstein, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Vampyre as well as more recent gothic texts in order to figure out why these works are scary, spooky, and relevant to us today. We complete 3 short papers and each student finds their own unique way into the Gothic in the form of a creative presentation at the end of the semester.  Several field trips add creative spark to the course, including a ghost tour of downtown Austin and manuscript viewing at the Harry Ransom Center at UT.  Events have also included musical performances, poetry readings, and puppet shows. Come find out why the Gothic mode of literature remains the most fun, rewarding, and relevant excursion into fiction possible.