A. Introductory exercises (individually)
1. Write your answers in your score and answer sheet (discuss in class).
1. What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you think of “gothic”?
2. Identify the word "gothic"; clarify the etymology (origin) of the word.
3. Mention 3 gothic novels from the Romantic Period and 3 gothic novels from the 20th century.
4. List at least 5 characteristics of a gothic story.
5. Find a picture of gothic architecture. Copy and paste it onto your score and answer sheet.
6. Are there any Goths in your school or community?
7. Have you ever seen ads for or attended any Goth gatherings or listened to any Goth music?
8. When was the Romantic Period?
9. List 5 authors / poets from the Romantic Period.
10. Which of the poems below do you think is from the Romantic period? Copy the poem onto your score and answer sheet.
11. Write down all the Romantic characteristics you can find.
12. Match the poets with the right pictures, the right poems and the date of the poem. Record it in your score and answer sheet.
1. Ted Hughes
2. William Wordsworth
3. John Donne
A B C
Dates: 1633 1804 1967
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
Continuous as the stars that shine
The waves beside them danced; but they
For oft, when on my couch I lie
loved her and she loved him.
eyes wanted nothing to get away
embrace was an immense press
13. In the Romantic period reason was not that important to the artist, but feeling and imagination were. Reality was not depicted objectively anymore, but it was depicted in the way the artist experienced reality.
Romantic artists were fascinated by the nature, the genius, their passions and inner struggles, their moods, mental potentials, the heroes. They investigated human nature and personality, the folk culture, the national and ethnic origins, the medieval era, the exotic, the remote, the mysterious, the occult, the diseased, and even satanic. Romantic artist had a role of an ultimate egoistic creator, with the spirit above strict formal rules and traditional procedures. He had imagination as a gateway to transcendent experience and spiritual truth.
Knowing this, which of the 3 paintings below do you think is from the Romantic period? Copy the painting onto your score and answer sheet.
2. Do individually, then compare with your partner and discuss.
Roman, devil, darkness, cursed families, suspense, horror, fiction, death, madness, secrets, haunted houses, film, nightmares, dungeon, dragons, castle, garden, church, villains, school, nature, vampires, monk, cartoon, creepy, terror, ghosts, priests, murder, humour, knights, screams, mystery, moans, dark hallways, supernatural, frightening, herbs, ruins, forbidden love, hilarious, secret rooms, fear, graveyard, villa, imagination, gloomy, lady, decay, kings, hereditary curses, monsters.
3. Gap-fill exercise (individually). Write your score in your score and answer sheet.
A little bit of history
Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!
B. Topics for discussion:
1. What gothic elements did Bram Stoker and Anne Rice draw on to create their gothic novels? List 8 gothic elements used in Dracula and in Interview with the vampire. Write them down in your score and answer sheet and then compare with your partner and discuss.
2. Discuss (in groups of 4) how Bram Stoker or / and Anne Rice uses setting to enhance the atmosphere of horror in the story. Write down (in your score and answer sheet) the page numbers (and which edition you have read) of the scenes you have found and why you think this is a good example.
3. First write down (in your score and answer sheet) what you know about the Goth subculture. Then find more information on: the period the Goth subculture started, what genre it came from, whether there are different types of Goths, styles of dress, make-up, hair, music (mention some bands), what they believe and the influence of the gothic novel on the Goth subculture (add pictures).
Compare notes and discuss (in groups of 4) what you think of this subculture; what did you know already and what was new to you?
As a class, test your conceptual understanding by sharing, discussing
and comparing your ideas about the gothic against those of others (a
class discussion will conclude this activity).
C. Writing assignments
1. Write an essay
Would you like to be a vampire and have eternal life? Think of the power you would have! On the other hand, would you want to be 16 for the rest of your long eternal life? What are the advantages and disadvantages of living for ever? Write an essay of 500 - 750 words on this subject, in which you state your opinion about immortality and give arguments.
Present your ideas to the rest of the group.
2. Write an essay
In 1976 Anne Rice wrote the first part of a series of five novels, ‘The Vampire Chronicles’. These chronicles are the most popular in a genre of modern stories that use vampires as sympathetic protagonists rather than monsters or villains. Although there are vampires in both Dracula and Interview with the vampire not all gothic novels are about vampires. Nevertheless, it is interesting to compare the vampires in these two novels: what do they have in common and in what way do they differ from each other? Write an essay of 500 - 750 words on this subject.
Present your ideas to the rest of the group.
D. Some more writing
1.Write an e-mail to Anne Rice
Click on the picture, scroll down to "e-mail Anne" and read it.
Make sure the following items are put into your letter:
3. Write down 5 questions you would like to ask in an interview with:
1. Louis, the vampire from Interview with the vampire.
2. Lestat from Interview with the vampire.
3. The child vampire Claudia from Interview with the vampire.
5. Jonathan Harker from Dracula.
6. Mina Murray from Dracula.
7. Dr. Abraham Van Helsing from Dracula.
Write the questions in your score and answer sheet.
E. Novel and film
Choose one of the following assignments:
1.Lots of films have been made about vampires over the years. Because of developments in shooting films the 1992 version of Bram Stoker's Dracula is very different from the previous Dracula films that were made in 1931, 1958 and 1979. The special effects are stunning. Nevertheless, many people think the 1931 original, with Bela Lugosi is still the best Dracula film.
From the 1992 film From the 1931 film
Watch the film Dracula; the 1931 version and the 1992 version and compare:
2.Books and films both use images: books use figurative language of metaphor and simile. Movies differ from books, however, in the use of at least five techniques: music, lighting, camera movement, editing, and the casting of actors with certain physical characteristics.
First edition cover
F. Musical - video
Both Dracula and Interview with the vampire have been turned into musicals.
LESTAT TAKES BROADWAY
Questions on video:
1. How much is the estimated budget of the production? Is that high or low by Broadway standards?
2. Who wrote the music for the musical?
3. What other 3 musicals did he score hits with?
4. What is the musical about?
5. How was the musical received? Why?
6. Was Anne Rice involved in the production of the musical? How?
7. What did Anne think of the musical?
8. What did the New York Times theatre critic say about the musical?
9. Would you go and see this musical? Why (not)?
G. Creative assignments: choose one of the following assignments (individually or in pairs)
1.Draw, paint or make a collage of:
· a book cover for Dracula or Interview with the vampire.
· a poster announcement for a musical, play or film poster of Dracula / Interview with the vampire.
(Don't forget to include things like the author's name, the director's name, actors)
2.Describe a scene from the novel (or film) Dracula or Interview with the vampire in painting / drawing / collage.