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3. Utopian Promise   

3. Gothic Undercurrents

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Unit Overview: Learning Objectives

After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
  1. define what "gothic" means;

  2. understand which American hopes, fears, and anxieties are explored and critiqued by writers in the gothic mode;

  3. recognize the centrality of gothic literature to nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and culture;

  4. evaluate the generally skeptical, pessimistic, or critical positions adopted by gothic writers;

  5. discuss the role of gender and race in shaping the forms and themes of the American gothic tradition.

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