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Introduction to the Gothic Horror Genre

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Transcript of Introduction to the Gothic Horror Genre

Introduction to the Gothic Horror Genre
What is Gothic horror?
Gothic Horror Book Covers
Elements of Gothic Horror
What is it?
Gothic horror refers to a fictional genre that combines elements of both horror and romance.

The term
Gothic
refers to the architecture of medieval buildings in which many of these stories take place.

It originated in England during the 18th century and had much success in the 19th.
Gothic and Romanticism
Romanticism developed as a reaction to the Age of Enlightenment.
Romantics freed their imagination from the hold of reason.
For some Romantic writers, the imagination led to the depths of the unknown –a shadowy regions where the fantastic, insane, and demonic reside.
Many romantics saw hope when they looked at the individual, Gothics would see the potential for evil.
Classic Gothic Horror Texts
Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley

Dracula
by Bram Stoker

Wuthering Heights
- Emily Bronte

The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Oscar Wilde

The Woman in White
- Wilke Collins

The Castle of Otranto
- Horace Walpole

Stories and poems by Edgar Allen Poe

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
The Castle of Otranto
by Horace Walpole
Success Criteria
You will be creating your own Gothic horror book covers. Your book covers should include elements of Gothic horror in the setting, characters, and theme shown. Your cover must have at least one character on it. You must also give your book a title.
Wrap Up
How does your book cover represent the Gothic horror theme?
Settings
Remote locations
Haunted houses
Gothic architecture
Dim lighting
Gloomy settings
Dungeons
Hidden rooms
Dark towers
Secret corridors/passageways
Characters
Maniacs/madness
Damsels in distress
Bandits
Evil scientists
Werewolves
Vampires
Themes
Ancestral curses
Supernatural
Madness
Betrayal
Death
Greed
Love
Jealousy
Murder
Science/Experiments
Exceptional acts of nature (fierce wind, red moon, etc.)
Fighting against nature
Discovering the truth about oneself
Creating our own drama
Revenge
Learning Objectives:
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define and identify elements of the Gothic horror genre.

Crypts/tombs
Dreams/nightmares
Stormy weather
Times: noon, midnight, twilight ("witching hours")
Colorless
Monsters
Demons
Dragons
Ghosts
Skeletons
Angels
Tyrants
Heroes
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