The Walking Dead: Vampires, Phantoms and the Fantastic in 19th-Century French Literature

In the wake of the French Revolution, the nineteenth century in France was a period of great transformation and tumult. Along with many changes came many hopes, many doubts, many desires, many fears. Nowhere are these uncertainties better expressed than in the fantastic literature of the time where diffuse feelings take the form of seductive and terrifying apparitions whose existence challenges the boundaries of reason. In this course, we will look at phantoms, vampires, mummies and androids, all of whom have since become fixtures of popular culture.

Texts (in English):
Joan Kessler, Demons of the Night. University of Chicago Press. 1995
Théophile Gautier, Prosper Mérimée, Guy de Maupassant, Auguste Villiers de l’Isle Adam, and 19-year-old Marie Nizet whose novel Captain Vampire inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

WRDS 150 or 3 credits of first-year English, ARTS 001, or Foundations, and at least second

Not available for credit towards a Minor, Major or Honours program in French.
FREN 349 may be taken up to two times for a total of 6 credits with different content.

Language of Instruction: English

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