Gothic Cultures: Literature and Screen

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Gothic Cultures: Literature and Screen

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Literature, Literatures in English, Radio/Television/Film, Visual Arts, Writing Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    24 units of credit in the English stream

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course tracks the cultural history of the gothic genre from the sublime landscapes and haunted castles of Horace Walpole to the Southern inspired excesses of Anne Rice. From its inception the Gothic genre has been a popular and controversial cultural phenomenon, which has dramatised the darker side of the senses and imagination, as well as testing the boundaries of literary taste. In Gothic fiction nothing is ever certain. The domestic and familiar are merely comforting illusions that veil the darker reality of unspoken fears and desires. Home, city, work, identity, sexuality, the body and the mind are all sites that are open to the destabilising play and uncanny effects of the Gothic imagination as this course?s selected texts, films and TV series, which range from the popular to the canonical, exemplify.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.