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Grotesque Gothic: Short Stories Camp (Poe, Faulkner, Irving)

We will read three short stories from famous American Gothic writers (Poe, Faulkner, and Irving) and discuss the plot, the elements of the Gothic genre, and the works' effects on later literature.
Tassie Bauman Smith
337 total reviews for this teacher
21 reviews for this class
Completed by 60 learners
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55 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

Students will learn the elements of Gothic literature, understand its influence on American literature, and increase their awareness of the authors we are studying. 
The reading for this class is challenging.  Students will need to read 3 short stories in a week.  The links to download the PDFs are in the class description so students can start the reading right away.  Depending on reading level/speed students will need less than an hour to read the first and last story.  The middle story is longer and can be read in perhaps an hour and a half. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
2 hours 45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This class on Gothic literature covers topics that are disturbing.  The stories include death, epidemics, murder, poisoning, a supernatural headless ghost, the post-Civil War South, and sleeping by the dead.  If you are concerned about any of these pieces of classic literature, please preview the stories (links provided in the class descriptions). And feel free to contact me through Outschool.  I am happy to provide more information about how these topics will be covered in class.  You know your learner best! 


Tassie Bauman Smith
Lives in the United States
Writing, Grammar, Literature and ESL
337 total reviews
303 completed classes

About Me

I teach all kinds of English classes including writing, grammar, literature, and ESL.  I am an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction especially poetry, science fiction, and fantasy. 

I have been teaching for more than 10 years.  I taught English... 
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