English 3407 Gothic Literature and Culture, S 2018

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Reminders for Last Week of Classes

Hi Class:

  1. We do not have class on Thursday, May 17–classes follow a Wednesday schedule
  2. Tuesday, May 22: Final Essay is due at the beginning of class
  3. We will “construct” the Final Exam on the 22nd
  4. Our Final Exam will be on the 24th in our usual classroom–please be on time

Email any questions.


Prof. Scanlan

Homework for Tuesday, May 15

Hi class,

I really enjoyed your presentations–I love it when I get to learn from my students!


For Tuesday, please bring in a draft of the Final Essay (at least one page) and any questions that you have. Make sure to bring in relevant texts so you can work on it in class.



Prof. Scanlan


A Gothic Space

Another picture of the church

Another picture of the church

Picture taken on Thursday May 3, 2018 around 11:20 pm

Christian Church

Flight of stairs next to the church

Abandoned house next to the church, which was one resided by the Pastor.


Brandy’s Gothic Space Project

Final Essay Instructions Are Posted

Hi Class,

Two things:

First, I will bring copies of the Final Essay Instructions. I have also posted them in the Assignments menu.

Second, I have posted a new reading that might help with the Final Essay. It is by Hattenhauer and it is Readings. The pages that are especially relevant are 162-164.



Homework for Tuesday, May 1

Hi Class,

1. We should spend a few more minutes on the ending of HHH. So, to that end, please write down one question that you have about the last half of the novel–and we will try to address them all.

2. Also, please read Michel Foucault’s essay on Victorian sexuality. It is near the top of Readings.

3. Please bring a 1-2 page draft outline of your Gothic Spaces project. By this point, I think you should have a few photos of the space (or video).

4. Here is a link to a some gothic spaces projects:



Let me know if you have any questions,


Prof. Scanlan

Curious Quotes in HHH

Hi Class,

Two interesting quotes found in HHH:



Excellent good, i’ faith.

Good, good.

What is love? ‘Tis not hereafter.
Present mirth hath present laughter.
What’s to come is still unsure.
In delay there lies no plenty.
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty.
Youth’s a stuff will not endure.

A mellifluous voice, as I am true knight

The above exchange is from Twelfth Night Act 2, Scene 3

See HHH page 19 (and other places?)


“Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man’s son doth know.”

Twelfth Night (II, iii, 44-45)

The secondary characters in Twelfth Night carry the real comic portion of the plot. Feste, the jester (or Fool) who sings the lines above, prophetically echos the mood of the play. Earlier we learned that twin siblings, Sebastian and Viola, were separated when their ship was wrecked in a storm at sea. They both end up on the island of Illyria, independently, where each of them finds true love, with Olivia and Orsino respectively. The song by Feste the jester, while applying to both sets of lovers, is more directed toward his mistress, Olivia: “O mistress mine, where are you roaming? O, stay and hear; your true love’s coming.”

See HHH, page 156, 164 (and other places)



Homework for Thursday, April 26

Hi Class,

Hope you are digging the film version! For Thursday, please finish the novel and prepare for a short, three question quiz over the last half of the NOVEL (not the film).

On the horizon: please continue to think about and take photos for your Gothic Spaces project.

See you Thursday,


Prof. Scanlan

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