The Female Gothic

Module Overview

Ever since its coinage in the late 1970s, the term ‘female Gothic’ has served an as important means for the critical ordering and conceptualization of Gothic writing.  This module offers a survey of the rich and varied tradition of female Gothic writing that stretches from Ann Radcliffe, through the nineteenth century, and into key Gothic fictions of the twentieth century.

Learning Outcomes

  • To introduce students to the complex critical history of the term ‘female Gothic’, as well as the increasing problematisation of the category
  • To provide students with an introduction to feminist and gender-based modes of critical analysis.
  • To furnish students with a range of academic skills necessary for further postgraduate research in the Arts and Humanities.
  • Critical analysis and close reasoning
  • Historically-informed reading practices
  • Theoretical modes of reading

Transferable Skills

  1. Seminars are designed to develop the ability of students to communicate in group situations and to present clear and cogent arguments, as well as to develop inter-personal skills such as assertiveness, persuasiveness, and the ability to listen to and learn from one’s peers;
  2. Through answering seminar questions as well as preparing for assessed work in the course, students are expected to develop their skills of problem recognition and problem solving, their capacity for critical analysis, and their ability to engage in abstract logical thinking and conceptualisation;
  3. Particularly in connection with writing the essay, students will be expected to effectively utilise information resources, think creatively and flexibly, and to extrapolate existing knowledge to resolve new problems;

And more generally, this course will give students the opportunity to improve their abilities to effectively assimilate information, develop reasoning and decision-making skills, and to improve their time management skills, including the ability to work to deadlines.

Module Structure

1 x 2 hour seminar per week for 5 weeks


Since training skills are embedded in this option, it will be assessed not through a formal essay but via a range of skills-related activities, such as blogs, annotated bibliographies and class presentations. 

Points of Contact

Programme Administrator:
Alison Scott

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