Gothic novels old and new will be discussed at "Mysterious Fears and Ghastly Longings," a four-part series beginning Tuesday at Oklahoma City University.
According to Harbour Winn, director of OCU's Center for Interpersonal Studies Through Film and Literature, in a press release, "The Gothic or horror novel remains one of the most popular forms of fiction and film today, for we seem to delight in what deliberately tries to induce in us pleasurable shivers of fear through magic potions, mechanical monsters, vampires, and heroes disguised as villains."
The term "Gothic" refers to fiction characterized by darkness, often with a supernatural bent, and the novels planned to be discussed certainly fit that description. The series begins 7-9 p.m. Tuesday with a presentation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and Stephen King's "The Dark Half," both of which tackle the theme of fractured self-identity.
Every two weeks, another pair of thematically related Gothics will be featured, including Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Robin Cook's "Mutation" on Jan. 22, Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and King's "'Salem's Lot" on Feb. 5, and Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" and Victoria Holt's "The Mistress of Mellyn" on Feb. 19.
All events feature a presentation before the discussion, and will be held in the campus's Walker Center, Room 151. For more information, call 208-5472 or visit their site. "Rod Lott