Monsters – grotesque and horrifying; yet completely engaging. Explore humanity’s obsession and attraction to the ugly, macabre, dark and frightening world of monsters in this disturbing, yet fascinating course.

Canvassing literature, music and art across generations, descend into the world below – the perfect course for lovers of words, art and history.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Who were the first Gothic artists  – circles of Hell and early Gothic conventions
  • Topic 2: Ugly versus beauty in art – angels and demons
  • Topic 3: Love and our curiosity of gruesome and the macabre – monsters we grew up with
  • Topic 4: The attraction of vampires and similar creatures – the story of the real Vlad Cepecs
  • Topic 5: The duality of Victorian men – Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Topic 6: Gothic poems and music – Poe, Coleridge and Keats
  • Topic 7: Monsters of today – Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro’s symbolism and portals to other worlds

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should:

  • learn how to tame your 'monsters' and live happily with them - in other words; learn to appreciate the darker aspects of our everyday
  • know more about the artistic conventions of Gothic literature, paintings and yes, music as well
  • be able to embrace your inner raven and similar creatures, and to look on angelic beauty with deep reserve – or in other words, to have your usual perception of the world challenged and maybe changed a little.

Who should enrol

Anyone with a love of history, literature, and/or the arts. Oh and all monsters welcome!