"When are little kids creepy? Why are we afraid of clowns? What makes a story “horror” and how does culture shape what we find scary? In this course we will analyze works of literature from ancient Greece and Rome and compare them with modern horror films and short stories in an attempt to answer these questions. Topics will include monsters, witches, and possession. We will cover themes like gender, death, family, and the relationship between humans and nature.
The class will be primarily discussion-based, with writing feedback sessions throughout the term. Students should be aware that we will be reading, watching, and discussing scenes, images, and concepts that may be disturbing. Content warnings will be provided on a class-by-class basis.
Prerequisites: No Classics background necessary. WRIT designated.
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