American Gothic Literature

Duration: 4 weeks (November)

Required Materials: All materials provided

Recommendations: Students who are ready for high school level literature work will enjoy this class, which requires some critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

Instructor: Amy Sharony. Amy teaches high school literature at the Academy. Feel free to contact her with questions about this class.


It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky, and entirely fun to read — it’s American Gothic, a genre of literature that emerged in the United States as a particularly regional twist on traditional Gothic literature. We’ll look at how American Gothic explores the dark underbelly of U.S. history, including slavery, genocide, and environmental destruction, through works by Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, and more. (If you love this class, come back for our We Have Always Lived in the Castle novel study in the spring!)