"Southern Gothic" describes a fascinating crossroad in American literature, where the literary tradition of the Gothic intersects with the distinctively evocative landscape and the conflicting history of the American South. The ravages of war, the rapidly fading glory of the old plantation system, the unresolved legacy of slavery and the continuing presence of racism and violence provide the breeding ground for twisted tales that probe the darkness of humanity in general and the American South in particular. In this seminar, we will analyze some of the milestones of the genre in prose and on the stage, written by William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers and Cormac McCarthy. In addition, we will look at prominent examples of Southern Gothic in movies ranging from To Kill a Mockingbird to Winter's Bone.