The Gothic Tradition

November 4, 2013

Shhh! Did you hear that sound? Join Mythgard and shine a light into the shadows in Spring 2014

The Gothic TraditionHollis, NH. – Abandoned ruins, secret histories, mad scientists, elusive ghosts, charming vampires, and little green men: their stories all share a common foundation. Trace the development of the fascinating and subversive Gothic imagination  — from the haunted castles of Horace Walpole to the bleak moors of the Brontë sisters, from Dracula to Doctor Who — in Mythgard Institute’s new course, “The Gothic Tradition.” Dr. Amy H. Sturgis returns with 12 weeks exploring the mystery, atmosphere, and emotion of the genre that has left its indelible mark on modern science fiction, fantasy, and horror. “The Gothic Tradition” can be taken for master’s level credit or audited for the love of the subject. Registration for the course is open now and closes Saturday, January 25, 2013.

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis is an author, speaker, and scholar of science fiction/fantasy studies and Native American studies. She has become well known for not just her award-winning research and writing but also her contributions to the popular science fiction podcast series StarShipSofa. She has taught six courses at Mythgard including her most recent, Fall 2013’s “Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination,” Summer 2013′s “The Dystopian Tradition,” a two-part “Science Fiction” survey in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013, Spring 2012′s “Taking Harry Seriously,” and Summer 2012′s “Hogwarts 101″ at Mythgard Academy.

The Mythgard Institute is an online institution that offers challenging, engaging classes, taught by world-class teachers and leading scholars in order to provide students with new opportunities to study works by authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, and others seriously and with academic rigor, either for their own enrichment or towards the achievement of a degree. The Institute offers literature courses at the master’s level and offers concentrations in areas such as Tolkien studies, medieval literature, and fantasy literature.

“The Gothic Tradition” is one of three courses being offered for Spring 2014.  Other exciting options include “Chaucer: Visions of Love” with Dr. Corey Olsen and “Celtic Myth in Children’s Fantasy” with visiting professor, Dr. Dimitra Fimi.

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