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Explore the intriguing and unsettling world of Gothic fiction

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This course has been postponed until spring 2022 – get in touch to register your interest

Gothic literature has been thrilling, delighting and disgusting its readers and audiences for over 250 years.  It is both highly conventional and infinitely adaptable. Gothic changes with the times. Over the years, its casts of vampires, monsters, ghosts, zombies and persecuted protagonists have passed through Italian castles, Victorian mental asylums, New Orleans marshes - and terraced houses in Bristol.

This series of six seminars acts as an introduction to Gothic – from Horace Walpole to Twilight.  En route it will take in a novel by the “Shakespeare of romance writers” Ann Radcliffe, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Angela Carter and Patrick McGrath amongst others.  Gothic has never been solely a literary phenomenon and so, although the course’s primary focus is on literature, there will also be reference to film, television series, architecture and painting.

Built into this course will be the opportunity to see texts from the British Library’s unique collection – such as the beautifully illustrated edition of Walpole’s Description of Strawberry Hill, Victorian periodicals, first (and later) editions of the texts we will be discussing, and rare examples of the cheaply produced chapbooks of the 1790s.

This course takes place in the Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre at the British Library.


Name: Gothic
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £295.00
Student: £250.00
Registered Unemployed: £250.00
Disabled: £250.00
Senior (60+): £265.00
Young Person (18-25): £250.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546