First-year students in Shuchi Kapila’s tutorial take a walk on the supernatural side as they study ghosts and literary ghost stories.

In the course, Ghost Stories, the students will explore questions such as:

  • Do such fantasies provide an escape from an oppressive reality into a wish-fulfilling world or do they present an exaggerated or distorted version of the “real” world?
  • What are literary ghosts and monsters?
  • Are they particular to the historical moment in which they appear?

Texts for the course will include:

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula,
  • Toni Morrison’s Beloved,
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat,” and
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

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