Women Who Love the Dark: Gothic Women of Literature | Newberry

Women Who Love the Dark: Gothic Women of Literature

Led by Katrina Kemble. 6 sessions, 5:45pm - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Tuesdays, June 26 - July 31

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

This course will take a close look at female authors who have been influenced by the Gothic. We will begin by reading the “Mother of the Gothic,” Ann Radcliffe. We will also read the works of Mary Shelley, the Brontë sisters, Flannery O’Connor, and many other women who have infused their writing with the macabre, fantastical, and supernatural. We will put them in context of the culture that influenced these women to take on the dark. Six sessions.

Katrina Kemble is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago. She holds an MA in literature and studied Gothic literature through Oxford University’s adult education program.

Materials List


  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly, Frankenstein. Dover Thrift Edition ISBN#: 978-0486282114
  • Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre. Wordsworth Classics ISBN#: 978-1853260209
  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights. Oxford World’s Classics. ISBN#: 978-0199541898
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper. ISBN#: 978-0914061168
  • A short course packet of material

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.