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2. Philosophical and Cultural Context
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about how the cultural and philosophical context of the mid- to late-eighteenth century: in particular, we think about the concept of the sublime, as discussed by Edmund Burke in his hugely influential treatise On the Sublime and the Beautiful.
In this course, we explore the history of the Gothic novel, beginning with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, and finishing with the literature (and films) of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that have been influenced by the Gothic, including Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and Angela Carter’s A Bloody Chamber. Along the way, we will explore some of the most important novels in the English language, including: Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, and the Picture of Dorian Gray.
John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.
Cite this Lecture
McRae, J. (2018, August 15). Gothic Literature - Philosophical and Cultural Context [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/gothic-literature-8ff4d44e-36ed-4fda-8f6e-2fd53e961f8d/philosophical-and-cultural-context
McRae, John. "Gothic Literature – Philosophical and Cultural Context." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://massolit.io/courses/gothic-literature-8ff4d44e-36ed-4fda-8f6e-2fd53e961f8d/philosophical-and-cultural-context