The goddess of spring marries the lord of the dead. Lascivious witches meet on the Brocken to copulate with the devil. Young maidens lose themselves in the Otherworld, where they fall in love with an Elven king. What if the beauty chooses the beast over the prince?

There seems to be an uncanny connection between sexually active women and the "creatures of the night". While this trope has been criticized as an educational tool to control and demonize women’s sexuality, it has also been reclaimed by feminist writers who use monstrous lover figures as a means of liberation. The heroines of the novels and films in this class choose a life beyond social norms and borders. They descend into the underworld, get dangerously close to the devil, and sometimes learn that the true monster of their story is not the one they think. Yet, one might wonder whether they simply exchange one form of patriarchy for another – in the end, is it even possible to escape society? Is there a price to pay for freedom? And what makes a monster truly monstrous?    


BN Requirements: Regular participation via worksheets (bi-weekly)

You can complete the course by writing a graded term paper or taking an oral exam.


Content Warnings: Explicit sexual contents, explicit scenes of violence, sexual violence, racism (Wintersong)