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English Language Arts

It's Alive! Teen Identity Through Gothic Literature

Recent decades has seen a revival of scholarly interest in Gothic fiction. Educators and students are attracted to the genre's exploration of irrationality, to is dark representation of the bourgeois family and of the psychological effects of social conflict. Despite the difference in history, these issues still remain poignant, particulary for the high school teen set, where angst and dark musings are often commonplace. Recent decades has seen a revival of scholarly interest in Gothic fiction.
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It's Alive! Teen Identity Through Gothic Literature
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    Although this book is not free, it has a great reputation for how to really use this genre effectively in a Literature course and to creat the mood and interest essential is truly sharing this exciting style with your students.
  • tor.com
    tor.com

    What's Gothic Now?

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    A fun way to engage with students on this topic is to bring it into the modern day and consider, using the definitions of traditional "Goth," what other currents works, movies etc are also Gothic? Has the definition shifted or evolved since the days of Frankenstein? Discuss!
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    literatureintranslation.about.com

    Gabriel García Márquez: Author Profile

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    This is the beginners page to the Gothic, providing a solid overview and four links at the end of the article that will take you to definitions of the genre, specific books to use, and pick for certain students.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    True, this genre is like no other and therefore, it has some very specific terms associated with it. This would be a terrific reference piece for students to look at as they continue through various stories or novels. Lends itself to excellent compare and contrast writings.
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    flavorwire.com

    10 Gothic Short Stories You Can Read Online Right Now

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    Have some hesitant students? Maybe starting out with a short story or two would be a good way to wade into this mysteriously romantic genre. This is a list of the BEST 10 stories for precisely this purpose. You can read (and print!) them all online to preview or use for your upcoming lessons.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    A thorough and engaging curriculum designed by a fellow high school teacher that encompasses key literature, such as Shelley and Poe, as well as creative ideas and assessment tools.
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    theguardian.com

    Gothic fiction tells us the truth about our divided nature | Alison Milbank

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    Brilliant information about how to explore the deeper, darker areas of the human psyche and to establish a sense of belonging in the imperfect world of human life. Sharing this insight with older students is a powerful way to make them think about themselves and their place in the larger world. It also provides some reference to seminal works.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    How can we get our students excited about Gothic literature, that dust old genre where people wore top hats and it's always foggy? Once they begin to see it is really just a mirror to themselves, that little narcissist peeks it head out and says, "yeah, that could be interesting!