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American Gothic

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Monday/Wed. Class

Tuesday Class

1/14

What is Gothic Literature?

Gothic Motifs

European and American Gothic


1/23

tone, mood, word choice, terror vs. horror

American Gothic painting

Examples


1/28

Google Slides

Set up a Gmail account

Quiz on European Gothic Literature and American Gothic Literature elements, differences

Directions for quiz

Rubric for quiz


1/30

Introduction to "Young Goodman Brown"

Gothic Undercurrents

Salem Witch Trials interactive

Salem Witchcraft Trials

Assignment: How did Puritanism influence early Americans' fears and beliefs in the supernatural?


2/4-2/6

Read intro to "One of Windsor"


Assignment: Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, with a partner, answer questions and respond to Imagery assignment.
"Young Goodman Brown" Questions

"Young Goodman Brown"


Assignment: "Young Goodman Brown" Written Analysis


2/11-2/13

Traditional Gothic: ghosts, invisible creatures, haunted houses and woods, the damsel in distress, retribution from beyond the grave

  • “The Damned Thing” by Ambrose Bierce
  • “Afterward” by Edith Wharton

Traditional Gothic in film: The Changeling


One of Windsor discussion and summative

Assign: Begin reading at home Legends of the Lost Causes, recording gothic elements. Gothic elements: setting, the uncanny, charms, the supernatural. To be finished at home. 



Insanity [Traditional and Modern]

  • “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe
    • Brief history of Poe
    • Focus on gothic elements of setting and language and themes of inability to overcome perversity by rational thought (madness vs. sane thinking) and denial of responsibility for one’s terrible actions
    • Assignment: The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, answer questions, and do journal entry.

      The Black Cat reading questions
      The Black Cat responses.docx

    • Evidence of the gothic themes and language
    • Continue at-home reading of One of Windsor, focusing on gothic elements

    • Assignment: Read Time and Again by D'J Pancake, answer questions
    • Time and Again questions

  • Assignment: American Gothic Insanity in "The Black Cat" and "Time and Again": How do the authors use language to depict the character's madness?


Alienation, Gothic Grotesque, and the Uncanny

  • “The Outsider” by H.P. Lovecraft
  • “Subsoil” by Nicholson Baker
  • “Replacements” by Lisa Tuttle [also, reversal of damsel in distress: male in distress, male alienation]



The Abhuman

  • Werewolves, zombies, ghosts, and vampires
  • “Freniere” by Anne Rice



Female Abjection, Alienation, and the Double in American Gothic Lit.





 

Modern Abjection and Allegory

  • “Where Are You Going Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oats
  • Assignment: Respond to "Where Are You Going Where Have You Been" prompts

  • “Shattered Like a Glass Goblin” by Harlan Ellison







Southern Gothic: psychological imbalance/insanity in the family; uncertainty, alienation, and isolation; eccentric behavior, racism


Mechanization and Urbanization

  • “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury
  • Assignment:  Veldt Assessment.

    The Veldt Assessment


  • “The Door” by E.B. White
Assignment: Respond to "The Door" Questions









Assignment 4: Read The Outsider by H. P. Lovecraft, answer questions, and do journal entry.
The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft

The Outsider assignment

Assignment 5: Read The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper.

The Yellow Wallpaper




Assignment 8: Read Replacements by Lisa Tuttle, answer questions, and do journal entry.

Replacements questions






1/14

What is Gothic Literature?

Gothic Motifs

European and American Gothic


1/22

tone, mood, word choice, terror vs. horror

American Gothic painting

Examples


1/29

Google Slides

Set up a Gmail account

Quiz on European Gothic Literature and American Gothic Literature elements, differences

Directions for quiz

Rubric for quiz


2/5

Introduction to "Young Goodman Brown"

Gothic Undercurrents

Salem Witch Trials interactive

Salem Witchcraft Trials

Assignment: How did Puritanism influence early Americans' fears and beliefs in the supernatural?


2/12-2/19

Assignment: Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, answer questions, and do journal entry.
Young Goodman Brown questions

"Young Goodman Brown" Journal Entry


2/26-3/5

Traditional Gothic: ghosts, invisible creatures, haunted houses and woods, the damsel in distress, retribution from beyond the grave

  • “The Damned Thing” by Ambrose Bierce

Traditional Gothic in film: The Changeling




Insanity [Traditional and Modern]

  • “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe
    • Brief history of Poe
    • Focus on gothic elements of setting and language and themes of inability to overcome perversity by rational thought (madness vs. sane thinking) and denial of responsibility for one’s terrible actions
    • Assignment: The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, answer questions, and do journal entry.

      The Black Cat reading questions
      The Black Cat responses.docx

    • Evidence of the gothic themes and language
    • Continue at-home reading of One of Windsor, focusing on gothic elements
  • Assignment: Read Time and Again by D'J Pancake, answer questions, and do journal entry.

    Time and Again questions


Assignment: American Gothic Insanity in "The Black Cat" and "Time and Again": Analyze the insanity of each protagonist. Through compare and contrast, examine each of the following: a) character's actions, b) character's thoughts, c) how other characters react to the character. 


Alienation, Gothic Grotesque, and the Uncanny


The Abhuman

  • Werewolves, zombies, ghosts, and vampires
  • “Freniere” by Anne Rice

Abjection, Alienation in American Gothic Lit.

  • “Where Are You Going Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oats
  • "Replacements" by Lisa Tuttle
  • Assignment: "Replacements" by Lisa Tuttle, answer questions, and do journal entry.
  • “Shattered Like a Glass Goblin” by Harlan Ellison

Southern Gothic: psychological imbalance/insanity in the family; uncertainty, alienation, and isolation; eccentric behavior, racism

  • “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” by Flannery O’Connor
Assignments: Do "Life You Save" Questions and Symbolism
"Life You Save" Questions
"Life You Save" Symbolism



Assignment:  Read The Veldt by Ray Bradbury and do Veldt Assessment.
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

The Veldt Assessment




Assignments

 
Assignment 1: Watch the PowerPoint on Gothic Literature. Once the PowerPoint opens, click on "Slide Show" on the top tool bar, and then click on "From Beginning" at the far left of the tool bar. Click on the page to transition to the next page.

Be sure to take notes. You will be given an open notes quiz on Gothic Literature.


Assignment 2: Read Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, answer questions, and do journal entry.
Young Goodman Brown questions

Assignment 3: Read The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, answer questions, and do journal entry.

The Black Cat reading questions
The Black Cat responses.docx

Assignment 4: Read The Outsider by H. P. Lovecraft, answer questions, and do journal entry.
The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft

The Outsider assignment
 
Assignment 5: Read The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper.

The Yellow Wallpaper

Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper

Assignment 6:  Read The Veldt by Ray Bradbury and do Veldt Assessment.
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

The Veldt Assessment

Assignment 7: Read Time and Again by D'J Pancake, answer questions, and do journal entry.

Time and Again questions

Assignment 8: Read Replacements by Lisa Tuttle, answer questions, and do journal entry.

Replacements questions

Summative Assessment:

Choose from: Young Goodman Brown, The Black Cat, The Yellow Wallpaper, or The Outsider and compare and contrast it with one from: The Veldt, Time and Again,or Replacements. Your compare/contrast should focus on traditional American Gothic literature vs. modern American literature. In particular, you might examine the settings, atmosphere, themes, characters, or madness. You don't have to write about all of these elements, but choose a topic that is in some ways common to the stories you choose and in some ways different and explain how the commonalities show they are Gothic and the differences show that they are from two separate eras of Gothic fiction.

Paper must be typed in MLA format and be approximately 600-800 words long.


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