Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Gothic
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 20 Hours. Seminar. 10 x 2 hr seminar workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 essays (2,500 words each)  Continuous Assessment:  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected. 

Brief description

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of a significant literary genre within a broad historical context. A popular form within fiction and poetry of the 1790s, the Gothic was associated with excess, rebellion, sexual licence and lawlessness. Elements of the genre persisted throughout the 19th century, undergoing various metamorphoses. Theatrical and fantastic elements of the Gothic were exploited by women writers to express the transgressive and the monstrous. The psychological dimension of the Gothic, its telling moral ambivalence, its preoccupation with paranoia and fear and its exploration of the uncanny remained a rich seam even within realist forms of writing.


This module is at CQFW Level 6