Manchester Metropolitan University

The Gothic Courses

Professional Development & Short Courses

American Gothic Literature - Online

American Gothic Literature

About the course

This short course examines the nature and use of the Gothic genre in American culture.

Taking as a starting point the translation of the European tradition to the American scene, it will explore the particular anxieties which inform the genre’s articulation of American experience.

Issues under discussion will include the Puritan inheritance, the frontier experience, gender and sexuality as well as race and the legacy of slavery. There will also be a focus upon American Gothic locations: the landscape, the urban environment and the significance of region.

Considering the development of the genre in an American context, the course will examine literary texts from the 18th century Romance to late 20th century narratives of the vampire and the serial killer in relation to a range of critical and theoretical debates.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run as an online distance learning module with weekly virtual classes from late September to December 2016.

The cost of taking the course is £770* for those who wish to go on to complete assessed work (with one-to-one tutorial support) and gain 20 Master’s-level credits (*£770 for home/EU students).

For further details or to apply, please contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.


American Screen Gothic - Online

Screening the Gothic

About the course

This course will focus on the development of Gothic cinema, from its early incarnations in German Expressionism up to its contemporary manifestations in torture porn and found footage film. A chronological approach will allow students to see the historical development of the mode on the screen and assess how the Gothic has reflected and interpreted the particular fears of the cultural moment throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Films studied include The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Robert Weine, 1920), Dracula (Tod Browning, 1931), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956), Dracula (Terence Fisher, 1958), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (Robert Aldrich,1962), Dog Soldiers(Kevin Macdonald,2002), The Exorcist (William Freidkin,1973), Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006).

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run as an online distance learning module with weekly virtual classes from January to March 2017.

The cost of taking the course is £770* for those who wish to go on to complete assessed work (with one-to-one tutorial support) and gain 20 Master’s-level credits (*£770 for home/EU students).

For further details or to apply, please contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.


Post-Millennial Gothic

About the course

This short course examines the nature and use of the Gothic mode in post-millennial fiction, including notable strands that have developed in recent years, as well as their social and cultural contexts. It also engages with key critical debates in twenty-first century Gothic Studies and introduces students to cutting edge research in the field. 

Topics under discussion will include digital Gothic, neoliberal Gothic, the new weird, transnational Gothic, contagion Gothic, young adult Gothic, Gothic adaptation and parody Gothic, alongside the transformations undergone by well-known figures like the vampire and the serial killer. The unit focuses on a varied range of literary, filmic, and televisual texts that best exemplify the contemporary Gothic. Indicative texts may include works by writers such as Neil Gaiman, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Jeff VanderMeer or Caitlín R. Kiernan, films such as Twilight (2008) or Frankenweenie (2012), TV shows such as In the Flesh (2013) or Hemlock Grove (2015), and graphic novels like Coraline (2008).

This unit brings the study of the Gothic right up to the present day, offering students the opportunity to get a sense of why and how this mode continues to matter to readers and scholars.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run at Manchester Met from January to March 2017 on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm.

The cost is £300 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,005* for those who wish to complete and submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits (*for UK/EU students).

For further details or to apply, please contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.


Teaching the Gothic

The Rise of the Gothic

About the course

This is a bespoke course tailored to the needs and interests of English teachers engaging with the gothic mode at GCSE and A Level.

It comprises two plenary lectures which set core text against their cultural, critical and theoretical contexts and a series of intensive seminars on the texts most commonly taught across exam boards at these levels. We will offer seminars on MacbethDr FaustusWuthering HeightsJane EyreFrankensteinDracula and The Bloody Chamber. Please email us if you would like a seminar on an additional text.

The course aims to enhance teachers’ engagement with the gothic mode through intensive classroom-based discussion and analysis and those attending will need to do some secondary reading of the critical texts prior to the event.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run at Manchester Met in June/July 2017.

The cost of attending is £150.

For further details or to apply, please contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787


The Rise of the Gothic

About the course

What is the Gothic? And how, in an eighteenth-century context in which the term assumed so many different historical, political and aesthetic meanings, did we come to speak about a ‘Gothic’ literary imagination at all?  These are just some of the many fascinating topics covered in The Rise of the Gothic short course, an exciting and illuminating exploration of the Gothic aesthetic in Britain and America from the early modern period through to the end of the nineteenth century. Offering an informed introduction to some of the key Gothic motifs, concerns and literary-critical debates, this course covers selected works by such writers as Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Brontë and J. T. Sheridan Le Fanu.

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run at Manchester Met from late September to December 2016 on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm.

The cost is £300 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,005* for those who wish to complete and submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits (*for UK/EU students).

For further details or to apply, please contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.


Twentieth-Century Gothic

Screening the Gothic

About the course

This short course explores the evolution of the Gothic mode across the course of the twentieth century as film, television and the graphic novel made the Gothic’s monsters and madmen their own. As such, it focuses on a number of Gothic sub-modes (including Weird Fiction, Southern Gothic, War Gothic and The Grotesque), significant Gothic themes (Abject Femininities, Gothic Ethnicities) and key Gothic monsters (including vampires, zombies and serial killers).

Ranging between media and covering a great deal of ground, the course is taught by internationally recognised experts in the field. It promises to be an intellectually rigorous yet darkly entertaining experience. Sign up if you dare!

Further details and course contacts

The next course will run at Manchester Met from late September to December 2016 on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm.

The cost is £300 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,005* for those who wish to complete and submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits (*for UK/EU students).

For further details or to apply, please contact postgradenglish@mmu.ac.uk or +44 (0) 161 247 1787.


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