By Nicole Baus
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – A five-week mini-course, Haunting: A History of Ghosts in Literature and Pop Culture, will be presented at Camden County College in Blackwood on Tuesday evenings from Nov. 6 to Dec. 4 in Madison Hall. For $25 any student can attend the sessions, which will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and broaden their knowledge about the roles the paranormal play in literature and modern times.
“I’ve always had an interest in ghost stories. I loved reading them as a kid and as I got older I started reading a lot of the classics,” says Peter Woodworth, the professor who will be teaching the five-week mini-course. “I’ve been teaching at the Civic Center for a while and I’m using this as an opportunity to assess the different genres of writing.”
Woodworth hopes to do more than just frighten his students with scary ghost stories. He wants the classroom to open their minds and learn more about one’s self and one’s culture through this literary and cultural phenomenon.
“Ghost stories are universal in cultures,” Woodworth says. “They tell a lot about us; what we’re afraid of, hope for, what’s fair or unfair. Ghosts are big on justice and what’s right and wrong.”
Ghosts may be part of the dead, but they were once a part of the living and they give one hope for life after death.
Upon hearing about the five-week mini-course, Camden County College sophomore Jordan Wright expressed interest in attending the course.
“I’ve always had a bit of an interest in the paranormal because I have always liked watching ghost hunting shows on TV,” Wright says. “I think this course is a good way to increase my knowledge about not just scary ghosts, but hopefully give me some insight about life after death. I have always been curious about that.”
Other students, like second-year student Deziree Green, see the course as ridiculous because she believes ghosts and spirits do not exist.
“It sounds like it could be an interesting literature course, but as for learning about ghosts in modern-day application, I think it’s unreal and silly.”