Gothic Literature: The first and second waves of Gothic literature in Britain

Ref: C2422711

This course will investigate the origins of Gothic literature in Britain, discovering its relationship with science, philosophy and Romanticism. We shall explore issues of sexuality, gender and the rise of the subconscious.

Course aim

This course will explore the first and second waves of nineteenth century British Gothic literature.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • You will be able to discuss the origins of the Gothic movement.
  • You will be able to outline the Gothic movement's relationship with science and philosophy.
  • You will be able to outline the attitudes to sexuality and gender in the texts.
  • You will be able to discuss the rise of the subconscious and the articulation of societal fears.
  • You will be able to chart the legacy of the studied texts.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pre-reading of the following is advised: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley. Nightmare Abbey - Thomas Love Peacock. Dracula - Bram Stoker. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Selected Poems of Thomas Lovell Beddoes will be available either on Canvas or as photocopies.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Gothic Literature: The first and second waves of Gothic literature in Britain

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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