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Specialization in Gothic Studies

Lead Faculty: Dr Franz J Potter

The Master of Arts in English with a Specialization in Gothic Studies provides a balanced and comprehensive program of graduate study in literature as well as a rigorous examination of the historical, theoretical and critical reception of the Gothic, from its origins in the eighteenth century through to a range of contemporary works in both literature and film. The program is appropriate for students seeking preparation for doctoral study or college-level teaching in English and related fields, or general cultural enrichment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Research relevant criticism in sustained analyses and interpretations of specific works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
  2. Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches (e.g., historicist, biographical, etc.) to the understanding of specific texts.
  3. Compare informed critical discussions of theoretical issues pertaining to textual analysis.
  4. Synthesize current theory and practice in the study of Gothic literature.
  5. Evaluate the complexities of canon formation.
  6. Assess informed critical discussions, both oral and written, the works and criticism of the Gothic literary period and movement.


Program Electives (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):