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Topics in Film and Literature: Conventions of Horror

ENGL 292.302
instructor(s):
TR 1:30-3

This course will focus on cinematic 'horror' as a genre, with special emphasis on its relationship to gender and sexuality. We will be viewing and writing critical responses to an array of late twentieth-century horror films, ranging from such classics as Hitchcock's "Psycho" to "schlock" or "slasher" films such as "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Our critical lens will be directed towards two main questions: 1. How these films cinematically create the sensation of horror 2. What these films represent to us concerning the unconscious of our cultural imaginary.