The Fantastic and Uncanny in Literature: Ghosts, Spirits & Machines

GRMN 1060
crosslisted as: COML 1060 / GSWS 1060
instructor(s): Liliane Weissberg
MW 1:45pm-3:14pm
Fulfills Sector III: Arts & Letters of the College’s General Education Curriculum

Do we still believe in spirits and ghosts? Do they have any place in an age of science of technology? Can they perhaps help us to define what a human being is and what it can do? We will venture on a journey through literary texts from the late eighteenth century to the present to explore the uncanny and fantastic in literature and life. Our discussions will be based on a reading of Sigmund Freud’s essay on the uncanny, Gothic novels, and extraordinary Romantic narratives by Ludwig Tieck, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Prosper Merimée, Villiers de Isle-Adam, and others.