The course will consist of a series of seminars, each focused around texts that belong to the genre of Gothic fiction (starting from its beginnings in the 18th century and proceeding through Victorian Gothic to contemporary rewritings of the genre) and/or to the genre of Detective fiction. The course will illuminate the connections between the two genres and investigate the peculiar features of narrative, plot and style. Students will read and discuss selected passages from the novels and films based on literary texts.