British Horror: Film, Television and Literature

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    British Horror: Film, Television and Literature

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    British cinema is often celebrated for its social realism, yet it has made significant and influential though
    often overlooked contributions to the horror, fantasy and sci-fi film genres. This module will investigate
    this alternative history or `repressed underside¿ of British cinema. While horror is often side-lined as
    having little artistic worth, this module aims to reassess the genre's aesthetic, philosophical and
    intellectual value. It will examine British horror films from key periods in cinema history within their
    cultural production context and alongside developments in cinema worldwide, from Hammer Studios in the 1960s
    to the reinvigorated British interest in horror and fantasy film and TV in the 2000s. Students will engage
    with debates on the cultural appeal and social significance of the genre, and the nature of horror film
    audiences and spectatorship. With an emphasis on cinema, students will also compare the writing of several
    authors with film adaptations of their work.

    Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
    Level: 5

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