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ENGL403: The Gothic Novel

Unit 5: The Shining (Optional)   The course concludes with an optional close “reading” of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, a modern treatment of the Gothic.  The film features its own version of the dilapidated castle and its own version of the “monstrous other” as witnessed by the psychological disintegration of one of its inhabitants.

Unit 5 Time Advisory
This unit should take approximately 9.75 hours to complete.

☐    Introduction: 2.5 hours

☐    Subunit 5.1: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 5.2: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 5.3: 1.5 hours

☐    Subunit 5.4: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 5.5: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 5.6: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 5.7: 1 hour

  • Activity: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining Instructions: Please rent or screen the film.  Kubrick’s film, adapted from Stephen King’s novel The Shining, helps connect Romanticism and the Gothic novel to contemporary cinema.

    Watching this film should take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

5.1 The Hotel as Gothic Castle   - Reading: The Kubrick Site: Michel Ciment’s “Kubrick on The Shining” and Pauline Kael’s “The New Yorker Review of The Shining” Link: The Kubrick Site: Michel Ciment’s “Kubrick on The Shining (HTML) and Pauline Kael’s “The New Yorker Review of The Shining (HTML)

 Instructions: Please read the entire interview with Kubrick for a
discussion of the supernatural elements in the film.  Also read
Pauline Kael’s review of the film for a discussion of the Gothic
conventions at work and the concept of the hotel in the film.  

 Reading these articles should take approximately 2 hours.  

 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpages above.

5.2 Doubles, Nightmares, and Ghosts   - Reading: The Kubrick Site: Frederic Jameson’s “Historicism in The Shining”

Link: The Kubrick Site: Frederic Jameson’s [“Historicism in *The
Shining*”](http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0098.html)
(HTML)  

 Instructions: Please read this essay for a critical perspective on
supernatural, traditionally Gothic themes in the film.  

 Reading this essay should take approximately 1 hour.  

 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.

5.3 Entrapment versus Escape: Psychological Decline and Space within the Film   - Reading: Georgia Southern University: Dr. Douglass H. Thomson’s “A Glossary of Literary Gothic Terms” and Romanticism on the Net: Paolo Cherchi Usai’s “Kubrick as Architect” Link: Georgia Southern University: Dr. Douglass H. Thomson’s “A Glossary of Literary Gothic Terms” (PDF) and Romanticism on the Net: Paolo Cherchi Usai’s “Kubrick as Architect” (PDF)

 Instructions: Read Thomson’s definitions of “claustrophobia” and
“entrapment,” which are both relevant themes in Kubrick’s film. 
Then, read “Kubrick as Architect” and focus on Usai’s construction
of “Gothic space” in *The Shining*.  

 Reading these articles and taking notes should take approximately 1
hour and 30.  

 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpages above.  The “Glossary of Literary Gothic
Terms” has been reposted by the kind permission of Douglass H.
Thomson from Georgia Southern University and can be viewed in its
original
form [here](http://personal.georgiasouthern.edu/~dougt/goth.html#hau). 
Please note that the material is under copyright and cannot be
reproduced in any capacity without explicit permission from the
copyright holder.

5.4 The Labyrinth   - Reading: The Kubrick Site: Rod Munday’s “The Shining and Transcendence” and “The Shining FAQ” Link: The Kubrick Site: Rod Munday’s The Shining and Transcendence” (HTML) and The Shining FAQ” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please read the conversation between Fulmer and
Munday for a discussion of the “maze” theme.  Then read “*The
Shining* FAQ” answer to Question \#17, which addresses the film’s
treatment of the maze.  

 Reading these articles should take approximately 30 minutes.  

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displayed on the webpages above.

5.5 Elements of the Supernatural   - Reading: The Kubrick Site: Kian Bergstrom’s “‘I Am Sorry to Differ With You, Sir:’ Thoughts on Reading Kubrick’s The Shining” Link: The Kubrick Site: Kian Bergstrom’s “‘I Am Sorry to Differ With You, Sir:’ Thoughts on Reading Kubrick’s The Shining** (HTML)

 Instructions: Please read this essay, which discusses the
supernatural elements in *The Shining*.  

 Reading this essay should take approximately 1 hour.  

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5.6 “The Shining” Itself – What Is It?   - Reading: The Kubrick Site: “The Shining FAQ” Link: The Kubrick Site: The Shining FAQ” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please read the answer to Question \#4, which reviews
horror themes in the film.  Pay attention to the specific mention of
“shining,” as well as what “shining” accomplishes metaphorically.  

 Reading this question should take approximately 15 minutes.  

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5.7 Present, Past, and Temporal Disruption in the Film   - Reading: The Kubrick Site: Brian Siano’s “Reappraising Kubrick’s The Shining” Link: The Kubrick Site: Brian Siano’s “Reappraising Kubrick’s The Shining (HTML)

 Instructions: Please read this essay for a discussion of history
and time within the film.  As you read, take note of the collapse of
past and present and how it produces horror.  

 Reading this article should take approximately 1 hour.  

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