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Postgraduate Course: Fiction and the Gothic, 1840-1940 (Level 11) (ENLI11191)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionFrom Emily Brontë's Yorkshire to William Faulkner¿s Yoknapatawpha County, the Gothic, with its claustrophobic spaces, brooding landscapes, dark secrets, and ghostly visitations, is a privileged site for the negotiation of anxieties surrounding capitalism, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, race, imperialism, and crime. Looking mainly at novels and short stories from the British Isles, but also examining work from the United States, this course will consider what happened to Gothic fiction after the genre's first flowering in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The course will begin with the Victorian Gothic of the mid-nineteenth century, dwell on the fin-de-siècle Gothic of the 1890s and 1900s, and go on to address the convergence of the Gothic with modernism and the emergence of distinctive regional forms of the Gothic in the early decades of the twentieth century. As this course will make clear, the Gothic ¿ whether as a distinct fictional genre or as a repertoire of codes and conventions adaptable to varied narrative registers ¿ forms a crucially important current during this tumultuous period of literary history. The Gothic mode, we will see, functions in fiction as an imaginative solution to, or displacement of, many of the era's most acute historical problems.

*This course is taught jointly with undergraduate students and consequently postgraduate places are limited
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  8
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
-articulate the major generic features of Gothic narrative
-understand how the Gothic form developed in (primarily) British and Irish fiction from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century
-draw on relevant theoretical approaches (including Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, postcolonialism, and queer theory) in order to analyse the ways in which Gothic narratives respond to their historical conditions
Assessment Information
one 4000 word essay (100%)
Special Arrangements
Jointly taught with ENLI10345.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Introduction: Locating the Gothic
2. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)
3. Sheridan Le Fanu, In a Glass Darkly (1872)
4. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
5. Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan (1894)
6. Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)
7. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901-1902)
8. May Sinclair, selections from Uncanny Stories (1923); Virginia Woolf, 'Street Haunting: A London Adventure' (1927)
9. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929)
10. Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1938)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Paul Crosthwaite
Tel: (0131 6)50 3614
Course secretaryMs Nicole Luu
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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