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It's the Message, not the Medium: Adventures in the Gothic


Not unlike the medium who holds séances to thrill those at her table, novelists using gothic “machinery” brought thrills and chills to nineteenth-century readers. Realizing that the gothic tradition taps into our deepest fears, novelists used the form to comment on and expose social, political, and ecological issues carefully cloaked in the supernatural. Join me as we pull back the black curtain and reveal what the Brontë sisters were really talking about: why Jane Eyre (Ire) was so angry and why you really shouldn’t build a house on the moors. Readings: Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights. Please read the first 10 chapters of Jane Eyre for the first class.


Instructor Maryanne Ward is retired after a 40-year career in small college education. She chaired Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) Humanities program and served as academic dean until moving to Centre College (Danville, Kentucky) as professor of English and chair of the Humanities program. Her area of special interest and scholarship is 19th-century British literature. Among other topics, her publications have examined the relationship between literature, landscape, and painting.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 9:30 AM until Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 11:00 AM
on Zoom
Zoom link will be sent by email close to the start of the first class.

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Event Contact(s):
Maryanne C Ward
Fall 2021
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Cancellation Policy:
A member may cancel a course registration up to 3 days prior to the start of class and will receive a course credit that can be used for a future registration. No refunds will be given.
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