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Haunted America: Horror and Politics

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Kod przedmiotu: 4219-RS228 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 08.9 / (0229) Nauki humanistyczne (inne)
Nazwa przedmiotu: Haunted America: Horror and Politics
Jednostka: Ośrodek Studiów Amerykańskich
Grupy: Proseminaria badawcze na studiach II stopnia
Przedmioty na studiach stacjonarnych II stopnia
Punkty ECTS i inne: 8.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Rodzaj przedmiotu:


Skrócony opis:

We will be looking at how metaphors of haunting and possession, monstrous attack and loss of control, prevalent in contemporary American horror cinema, speak to the nation's fears of the unruly past erupting violently in the present. The potential destabilization that the ghost, the demon and the monster engender will be read in terms of political concerns such as immigration, economic crisis, genocide, eugenics, ecological crisis, institutional racism, rape culture, social exclusion etc.

Pełny opis:

Intersectional and interdisciplinary approach will allow us to better grasp how the fears discussed in horror cinema engage with gender, race, class and embodiment. In the first part of the course we will be focusing on several case studies showcasing both particular themes and theoretical apparatus typical for the analysis of horror texts. In the second part of the course, the students will be expected to share their research plan and findings, on the basis of which they will be writing a research paper (15-20 pages). Throughout the semester we will be also practicing key skills in research and academic writing such as note-taking, evaluation of sources, drafting and error correction, working with sources, citation etc.


Select filmography:

It Comes at Night (2017)

US (2019)

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Annihilation (2018)

Ready or Not (2019)

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Teeth (2007)

Candyman (1992)

Nightbreed (1990)

Select bibliography:

Adams, Rachel. Sideshow U.S.A. Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination. Chicago: The Chicago University Press, 2001.

Brogan, Kathleen, Cultural Haunting: Ghosts and Ethnicity in Recent American Literature.

Butler, Judith. Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? London: Verso, 2009.

Clover, Carol J. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Coleman, Robin R. Means. Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Creed, Barbara. The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis. London: Routledge, 1993.

Davis, Colin, Haunted Subjects: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, and the Return of the Dead. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2007

Edwards, Justin D., and Rune Graulund. Grotesque. (The New Critical Idiom Series). New York: Routledge, 2013.

Garland-Thomson, Rosemary, ed. Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Etraordinary Body. New York: New York University Press, 1996.

Gelder, Ken, ed. The Horror Reader. London: Routledge, 2000.

Graham, Elaine L. Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Grant, Barry Keith, ed. The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.

Halberstam, Judith. Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.

MacCormack, Patricia. Posthuman Ethics: Embodiment and Cultural Theory. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2012.

Masschelein, Anneleen. The Unconcept: The Freudian Uncanny in Late-Twentieth-Century Theory. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011.

Peeren, Esther and Maria del Pilar Blanco, eds. The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Royle, Nicholas. The Uncanny. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003.

Russo, Mary. The Female Grotesque: Risk, Excess and Modernity. New York: Rougtledge, 1994.

Schwab, Gabriele. Haunting Legacies: Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew, ed. 2004. Spectral America: Phantoms and the National Imagination. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Please note that some texts may be changed.

Efekty uczenia się:

Upon completing this course a student:


* has a knowledge of the different horror genres and their historical development

* recognises key motifs and textual devices of horror cinema

* is aware of the ideological and cultural functions of horror narratives in American culture


* is able to formulate critical arguments concerning movies and TV shows

* is able to use a range of theoretical apparatuses in analyses of individual texts


* is aware of the cultural relevance of horror

* is able to organize research findings in clear written and oral forms

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Since this is an intensive seminar (8 ECTS), the amount of work required, both in-class and outside it, is more substantial than in an average elective course. Apart from independent research, which students will conduct under the instructor’s guidance, the seminar requirements include:

* active seminar participation 20%

* in-class presentation of the final project 20%

* annotated bibliography of key secondary texts relevant for the selected horror movie/TV show 20%

* 15-20 page research paper 40%

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2019/20" (zakończony)

Okres: 2020-02-17 - 2020-08-02
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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 45 godzin, 15 miejsc więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Agnieszka Kotwasińska
Prowadzący grup: Agnieszka Kotwasińska
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