Thrillers, Chillers and Killers
In this interdisciplinary course, students will be able to apply knowledge acquired from their major fields of study to the interpretation of events and the analysis of characters in 19th century French short stories of the Fantastic genre. Setting the stories in relation to recent advances made in the fields of biology, psychology, neuroscience and criminology may open up new interpretations. Theories such as the Multiverse Hypothesis, underdeveloped amygdalae, genetics and neurological impulses may shed a contemporary light on the acts perpetrated by characters in the stories. In addition to studying traditional analytical approaches to the genre, students will apply their personal base of knowledge thus gaining a fresh and dynamic cognizance of literature.