Description: This course explores how the strange, the magical, the supernatural and the uncanny (Das Unheimliche) are constructed in German texts from 1500 to the present. This course surveys a wide array of texts (novels, short stories, historical documents, fairy tales, films as well as video games) that deal with the phenomena of witches, ghosts, daemons and vampires. The language of instruction is English, and no prior knowledge of the German language is required. Advanced‑level students — i.e. students placed at the 300 level or higher in German language courses — must do the readings and submit their work in German.