In this course, you’ll take a deep dive into the gothic mode and into fairy tales. You’ll learn what they are, how they overlap, and how their dread glamour and magic feed each other. And you’ll learn how they can ignite your own creative process.
Why are we talking about this now, you might be thinking? On the heels of courses like Rapunzel’s Circle, which was all about finding hope and resilience, why this hard turn into something that might seem niche at best, gloomy at worst?
Honestly, part of it is because we absolutely love, love, love this topic. It’s something we’ve spent years studying and obsessing over. We’ve wanted to teach a Carterhaugh course on this forever, and after the awful that 2020 has mostly been, we wanted to do something that makes us light up and cackle.
But the bigger, and more important, part is that the gothic fits 2020. Not because it’s full of horrors (though there is that in common), but because, deep down, the gothic is about transgression. It’s about subverting power. It’s about shadows - but it asks us to think about why there are shadows, how to find beauty in them, and, when necessary, how to dispel them.
The gothic is about grappling with the darkness and facing down monsters.
Just like fairy tales.