British Horror: Film, Television and Literature
Queen Mary, University of London
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
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
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