G1032 - Dark Desires and Unruly Passions: Reading conflict in Edgar Allan Poe's (gothic) family tales

  • Ciclo: 2019
  • Nivel: General
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Estado: Terminado
  • Lugar: ESSARP
  • Capacitador/es: Patricia Veronica Green

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1 03 Sep 2019 05:30 PM 08:30 PM


Patricia Veronica Green

Patricia holds a Diploma and a BA (Hons) in English, from the University of London, and a Master in English Studies from the University of Nottingham. For the past thirty years, she has been teaching literature in English, at secondary level for the A/S International Cambridge Certificate of Standard Education and has delivered teacher-training courses for Secondary Language and Literature teachers. She has also delivered summer seminars on Academic Writing at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM). She has been speaker at the International Book Fair held in Buenos Aires in 2016 and 2017, and at the International Conferences of Literature and audio-visual aids in Foreign Languages in 2015 and 2017, and at the International Conference, Writing for Liberty, held at the UNSAM, 2019, where she has participated as panelist and Chair speaker. Currently, she delivers the Seminar on Postmodernism and Literature for the BA in English, at the UNSAM.


Literature teachers and literature lovers


When reading Poe's tales of the Arabesque and the Grotesque, one comes across the conflictive nature of its characters and narrators revealed in their literary representation. During this course, I intend to:
- explore the origins and nature of the characters' plight, from a postmodernist perspective that encompasses an integral and interdisciplinary approach in terms of the genre’s conventions, as well as exploring the incidence of the historical, social and cultural factors.
- provide readers with a variety of reading strategies for a critical interpretation of the texts.
- raise readers' awareness as regards the complex relations between the concept of family and that of kinship within the tales.


• The reading of the following tales is required: The Fall of the House of Usher, and Berenice.
• Introduction to the historical and social background of the stories.
• An analysis of Conflict in character, and of the Family as trope, from a postmodernist perspective.


• Introduction and exposition to the tenets of Postmodernist fiction and their relation to narrative representation and interpretation. • A close reading of the short stories and a comparative analysis of the links between the texts' representation of the ontological dimension of the fantastic, and their challenge to the epistemology inherent in myth and discourse. • Identification and analysis of the genre's subversive narrative strategies of language, plot and character. • Guided group activities and discussions on the functions of strategies as foregrounding the ontological dimension of the fantastic.


• Introduction and exposition of the contextual background to Poe's tales.
• A close reading of the tales and a comparative analysis of the links between the tales' central conflict and the characters' roles and functions.
• Guided group activities-prior to group exposition and discussion- on the relations between characters' conflict and the representation of the links between kinship and Patriarchy.
• Critical reading and interpretation of the topics of transgression, displacement and excess in the tales.

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