Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
What do we find scary and why? Why are we frightened by “scary” stories even when we know that they are “not real”? How does horror work in different media, such as print and film? This course focuses on classics of suspense and fear (such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, The Shining) and more recent examples of the genre (such as Ringu). Philosophical, aesthetic, psychological, anthropological, and sociological frameworks will be applied to these works in order to discover what we find truly frightening and why.
Worland, Rick. The Horror Film: An Introduction
Carroll, Noel. The Philosophy of Horror
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Exams, reading quizzes, analysis paper, and participation