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Gothic has been thrilling, delighting and disgusting its readers and audiences for over 250 years

Course dates: 26 April and 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 May 2018

Course times: 18.00 – 20.00

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Gothic is both highly conventional and infinitely adaptable: it 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.

Let us introduce you to Gothic, from Horace Walpole to Joyce Carol Oates. During our six-week course we’ll explore a novel by the ‘Shakespeare of romance writers’ Ann Radcliffe; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which celebrates its 200th birthday this year; Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) and short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Patrick McGrath amongst others. Gothic has never been solely a literary phenomenon, so although our primary focus is on literature, we’ll also reference film, television, architecture and painting.

You’ll also have the opportunity to view intriguing items from our collections – such as Walpole’s own copy of The Castle of Otranto, rare examples of the cheaply produced chapbooks of the 1790s, and manuscripts by Bram Stoker, Angela Carter and others.


Name: Gothic
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £295.00
Member: £250.00
Senior 60+: £265.00
Student: £250.00
Registered Unemployed: £250.00
Friend of the British Library: £250.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546