High Spirits

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High Spirits was a class on horror and ghost stories which took place at Duke East Term II 2006. Not very ironically, but coincidentally, it was taught in West Duke room 204, where a professor reportedly killed himself and thusly now haunts the area. This is the first time this class had been taught, with the all wonderful Jen as the instructor, and Elizabeth the thrift store expert as TA. The class material ranged from Victorian corsets and post-mortem photos to ectoplasmic waste and voting welsh corgies.

Several students were reported to have suffered injuries within the last few days due to supernaturally bad puns, some of which were, "oh, the hora! the hora!" and a bad pun about a casket from one of the classmember's Spanish teachers back home. To hear the story, contact Caitlin Cummins on AIM at mme0max. There is also a very bad pun about twins from Spain and the Middle East.

Class Members

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Class Materials

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  • Books:
    • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
    • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    • The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories by Michael Cox & R.A. Gilbert
      • Specifically:
        • The Shadow in the Corner by M.E. Braddon
        • The Judge's House by Bram Stoker
        • The Red Room by H.G. Wells
        • The Clock by W.F. Harvey
        • Smee by A.M. Burrage
    • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
    • The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories by Peter Haining
      • Specifically:
        • Ghost Hunt by H. Russel Wakefield
        • The Ghost Hunter by James Herbert
        • Computer Séance by Ruth Rendell
    • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
  • Movies:
    • High Spirits (Neil Jordan)
    • Rose Red (Craig R. Baxley)
    • The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
    • Ghost Busters (Ivan Reitman)
    • Darkness Falls (Jonathan Liebesman)
    • The Uninvited (Lewis Allen)
    • The Muppet Christmas Carol (Brian Henson)
    • Beetlejuice (Tim Burton)
  • Major Assignments:
  1. Presentation on Victorian Era.
  2. 20-ish minute play that incorporates Victorian Era information and is spooky.
  3. Short original ghost story, to be read aloud for at least 10 minutes.