Literature Philosophy Theology

Lectures on the Philosophy and Theology of Gothic Horror

Gothic Horror originated in the eighteenth century in English literature. Gothic Horror, with its inclusion of the “dark” supernatural, actually has a lot to say about theology, religion, and psychology. In this series of online lectures, I explore and explain the philosophy, theology, and religious ideas utilized in Gothic Horror which culminates in an examination of guilt, history, and theology in Horace Walpole’s great novel, The Castle of Otranto.

LECTURE ONE: THE THEOLOGY OF GOTHIC HORROR

LECTURE TWO: SEX, VIOLENCE, AND THE SACRED IN GOTHIC HORROR

LECTURE THREE: THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE SUBLIME IN GOTHIC HORROR

LECTURE FOUR: HORACE WALPOLE’S CASTLE OF OTRANTO

LECTURE FIVE: THE THEOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, AND AESTHETICS OF HORROR (FULL LECTURE)

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Hesiod, Paul Krause in real life, is the editor-in-chief of VoegelinView. He is writer, classicist, and historian. He has written on the arts, culture, classics, literature, philosophy, religion, and history for numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of The Odyssey of Love and the Politics of Plato, and a contributor to the College Lecture Today and Making Sense of Diseases and Disasters. He holds master’s degrees in philosophy and religious studies (biblical studies & theology) from the University of Buckingham and Yale, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, history, and philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University.

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