Teaching Horror Literature in a Multicultural Classroom

  • Ljubica Matek Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Keywords: horror literature, multiculturality, interculturality, learning outcome, empathy, tolerance

Abstract

As a genre, horror tends to be marginalized in literature classes because it is often mistakenly perceived to be inappropriate for the classroom environment due to the intensive emotional effects that the genre’s typical macabre motifs and topics may produce in the reader. However, this paper argues that, for two reasons, horror texts represent a valid and important addition to a literary syllabus. First, they typically have a positive impact on the students’ increased interest in reading, which is, in the pedagogical and scholarly sense, a desirable activity. Second, they tend to contribute significantly to the development of empathy with and tolerance for others, which is an especially valuable learning outcome in a multicultural classroom characterized by implied intercultural communication.

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Published
2015-06-22
How to Cite
Matek, L. (2015). Teaching Horror Literature in a Multicultural Classroom. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 12(1), 61-73. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.12.1.61-73