Genre Fiction as Literature:
Classic Sci-Fi/Horror by Women Writers
Instructor: Ted Morrissey
Class Type: Literature
Course Description: This course was inspired by the anthology which is the course’s textbook. The genres of horror and science fiction are often dismissed as less-than-literary. However, this course will focus on literature that is as thought-provoking as it is macabre, as finely crafted as it is eerie. Because we are writers, we will pay special attention to these writers’ techniques as they skillfully blend literary sophistication with sensational plots and eccentric characters. The range of writers will also allow students to expand their literary knowledge by reading lesser-known works by well-known writers such as Mary W. Shelley, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf, and also writers whose fame has faded while their contributions remain significant, like E. Nesbit, Margaret Oliphant, and May Sinclair. Lastly, because all of the writers are female, we will have an opportunity to consider women writers within their historical contexts, from the early Victorian Era into the Jazz Age.
The Cold Embrace: Weird Stories by Women