Horror is one of film and literatures most polarizing genres. People either love, or hate consuming media that is intentionally aiming to strike fear and cause discomfort. When we struggle to fall asleep after watching a scary movie, it is the fear of the boogieman keeping us awake, not the fear of the government. The fears that seep into our nightmares are unsettling fantasies, rather than horrors that follow us into the daylight.
Horror unheard examines the way in which gothic media illustrates real life terrors experienced by people who are marginalized by dominant society. We will review supernatural, and realistic depictions of historical and contemporary horrors such as slavery, poverty, sexism and other abuses of power.
This is a critical analysis course. The major assignments focus on research and writing. For the final assignment students will have the option to write a critical analysis paper, or create a video essay.
Featured image from Candyman directed by Bernard Rose