Instructor: Richard Friswell
Classes: Thursdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 19, 26, October 3, 10, & 17
One feature of 19th century romantic art and literature is the emergence of the Gothic novel. Gothic fiction recalled bygone days, the medieval period when landscapes were inhabited with ruined castles, foggy heaths and damsels in distress. In the face of science and reason, writers could explore a simpler world when forces of good and evil, supernatural powers and mysterious occurrences could once more be considered as legitimate. Writers were free to imagine the effects that an untethered, Enlightenment-era scientific revolution might have on the course of humanity. Works by Milton, Radcliffe, Shelly, Lord Byron, H.G. Wells, Stoker, Poe and others will be considered, as well as a perspective offered on contemporaneous art, music and 20th century film treatments.
Cost: $125.00 for members │ $150.00 for non-members
- The walk-in price for individual classes is $35 members / $40 non-members.
- No seat substitutes if you are unable to attend class.
Richard J. Friswell, M.Ed., M.Phil, is a cultural historian and associate director of Wesleyan University’s Institute for Lifelong Learning. He is publisher and managing editor of ARTES magazine, a fine arts publication. He is an elected member of the International Art Critics Association, and author of a collection of autobiographical short stories, Balancing Act: Postcards from the Edge of Risk and Reward. Friswell lectures and speaks widely on topics of modernism, its art, literature and history.