In this course, you’ll take a deep dive into the uncanny, the Gothic, folklore, and art. You’ll learn what they are, how they overlap, and how their modes and magic feed each other. And you’ll learn how they can ignite your own creative process through writing, visual art, storytelling, and more.
Why are we talking about this now, you might be thinking? On the heels of courses like "Rapunzel’s Circle: Fairy Tales and Burnout," which was all about hope and resilience and practicality, why this hard turn into something that might seem niche at best, gloomy at worst?
Part of it is simply that it’s our dream course, and we just really want to teach it! These are topics we’ve spent years studying and obsessing over. And honestly, we had so much fun (and had such great feedback from you) on our "Gothic Fairy Tales" and "Monstrous Women" courses that we decided to complete the triptych, as it were.
But the bigger, and more important, part is that the gothic and the uncanny can help us understand the world we live in. Not because it’s full of horrors (though there’s plenty of that), but because, deep down, these modes are about transgression and subverting power. They’re about shadows, how to find beauty in them, and, when necessary, how to dispel them.
Even more than that, art and folklore are about making meaning, even (especially) in troubled times.
Also? We’ve apparently made it our mission in life to extend Halloween goodness into November. One month isn’t enough, and that’s a hill we are prepared to die on.