This course aims to engage students in analyzing and evaluating the relationship between such Gothic representations as vampires, ghosts, and other apparitions in literature and film and our fascination with the dark side of the mind. The gothic with its representation of the supernatural and of horror is one of the longest standing cultural continuities that spans across cultures, generations, and genres. Students are challenged to trace the cultural sensibility of the Gothic in art, literature, and film and develop a critical consciousness of the various forms of representation. The focus will be on the Western tradition, but examples of gothic youth cultures from Asia will be included as well. In addition to history and style of the gothic, students will analyze the elements of the gothic and themes such as terror and horror, appearance and reality, setting and confinement, justice and injustice, youth subcultures and the imagination of violence. The latter part of the semester deals with contemporary representations, such as vampires, werewolves, and ghosts in popular culture, relating it to youth culture and empowerment.