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Haunted Houses and Hollows: Todorov's "The Fantastic" in Gothic Fiction


Answer two of the following questions in your post:


1. How does Todorov define the fantastic?


2. How is Todorov's definition of the uncanny similar to and different from Freud's?


3. What details about the description of Sleepy Hollow stand out to you? Which elements seem especially germane to the development of the story? Give some consideration to the rough historical period in which the tale is set as well.


4. The "Fall of the House of Usher" is populated with visual images, and these images sometimes function as clues (e.g. the fissure, the copper plating, electrical storms, etc.). But in focusing too narrowly on these visual moments, we might overlook the presence of music and sound that reverberates throughout the story. The Ushers, we are told, have long studied “musical science,” and Roderick plays the guitar at various points throughout the story (127). What does this short story sound like? And how do these auditory elements contribute to or adjust our apprehension of the effect of this tale?


*5. This question will count as two questions, as your answer will be longer than what's asked for in the others: In what ways are or aren't "The Legend Sleepy Hollow" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" uncanny, marvelous, or fantastic (based on Todorov's definitions)?


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