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Module Code: ENG322
Module Title: The Gothic
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: ENG105ORENG106ORENG118ENG207
Horror novels, ancient European tribes, churches, American cities, revolutions and reactions, constitutions and tales of chivalry – all of these are Gothic. This module sets out to ‘excavate’ the complex (and sometimes contradictory) cultural history of the Gothic that connects them. The module builds on the recent critical reassessment of Gothic as a term with specific historical meanings: freedom and slavery, religiosity and superstition to the early moderns; horror, abjection, and transgression in the twentieth century. By uncovering a larger context, students achieve a resonant experience and a rich critical understanding of the global cultural phenomenon of ‘the Gothic’.

The main focus of the module is ‘Gothic’ literary writing, from the European middle ages to the globalized present. But texts studied also include films, ballads, cartoons, public spectacles, websites, etc. Through studying and discussing these texts, learners will develop advanced skills in critical thinking, persuasive writing, and genre analysis.

Overall the module aims to:

• Introduce students to the cultural phenomenon and ‘tradition’ of the Gothic, covering texts which are common cultural reference points;

• Provide historical, theoretical, formal, and thematic frameworks for thinking about and interpreting these texts

• Encourage students to consider relationships between texts and contexts, production and reception, in national and trans-national perspectives

• Encourage students to develop original and persuasive readings of texts, informed by close reading and knowledge of key contexts and critical perspectives

Learning outcomes 
A. develop independent critical analyses of works of Gothic literature and film

B. develop critical accounts of the cultural phenomena of the Gothic in historical and cross-cultural perspectives

C. structure coherent, perceptive and reflective responses to a variety of Gothic texts in a range of different media (prints, novels, audio recordings, films, etc.)

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into lectures and seminars. Lectures introduce relevant knowledge and ideas. Seminars facilitate reflective critical discussions about specific texts and contexts.
Texts are subject to change.

1. Goths of Every Age – Caesar to COZplay, Burke to Batman, Poe to Pu Songling

2. Gothic Chivalry – Gawain, Malory, Spenser, Tennyson, Tolkien

3. Remember me! – Shakespeare's ghosts (Hamlet, film; Macbeth, film)

4. Angels and Demons – Milton’s Satan, Sin and Death; Shelley’s Frankenstein

5. Gothick Novels – Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; Reeve, The Old English Baron; Radcliffe, The Italian; Austen, Northanger Abbey

6. Gothic Theatre – ‘Monk’ Lewis, The Castle Spectre

7. Gothic Romanticism – Coleridge, Wordsworth, Scott

8. The Gothic Revival – Pugin, Contrasts; Ruskin, ‘The Nature of Gothic’, Morris

9. American Gothic – Poe, James, Lovecraft

10. Gothic Cinema – Nosferatu (film)

11. Gothic TV – BBC2, A Ghost Story for Christmas (tv), Twin Peaks (tv)

12. Steampunk – Wiliam Gibson, Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine

13. Global Gothic – Pu Songling (The Painted Skin, film), Twilight (film), JGoth, COZplay, Manga (Ringu, film)

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Portfolio 40.00
2 Coursework Essay 60.00

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