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
- Research relevant criticism in sustained analyses and interpretations of specific works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
- Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches (e.g., historicist, biographical, etc.) to the understanding of specific texts.
- Compare informed critical discussions of theoretical issues pertaining to textual analysis.
- Synthesize current theory and practice in the study of Gothic literature.
- Evaluate the complexities of canon formation.
- 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)
- ENG 620A Literary Period or Movement I
- ENG 620B Literary Period or Movement II
- ENG 640 Seminar in Poetry
- ENG 668 Film Genre Studies
- ENG 680A Seminar in a Theme I
- ENG 680B Seminar in a Theme II
- ENG 690A Major Author Seminar I
- ENG 690B Major Author Seminar II