Over the course of the past decade there has been an explosion of interest in and academic analysis of the Gothic as it manifests itself in a range of literary, filmic, televisual and popular cultural texts.
The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies' mission is to promote the study of the Gothic both nationally and internationally and to work across age ranges and levels of study – from sixth form to PhD and beyond. To do this we run Sixth Form Gothic Study Days, creative writing workshops and Continuing Professional Development courses that are of particular interest to those who teach the Gothic or, simply, want to take a university-level course for pleasure. We have run gothic festivals, gothic networking days and gothic research lectures, often in collaboration with a range of partners across Manchester, that have helped us not only showcase our work but bring the dark delights of Gothic culture to a wider non-specialist audience.
MA English Studies: The Gothic is one of only four Masters-level courses to focus explicitly on the Gothic, offering the rare opportunity to embrace Gothic literature from the 18th Century to the present and to examine both filmic and televisual representations of gothic horror.
We also provide doctoral supervision on most aspects of the Gothic, especially its Modern and Contemporary incarnations, and on Horror film and fiction.
The Centre is based in the Department of English, our staff members have a long-standing interest in the Gothic which informs both undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. It is home to three scholars specialised in the Gothic; Dr Linnie Blake (Principal Lecturer in Film), Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn (Lecturer in Film Studies and Contemporary American Literature) and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes (Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film).
Their work on twentieth and twenty-first century gothic, gothic film and gothic television is supplemented by a number of colleagues who have gothicist interests across the field. These include Victorian Gothic and gothic genre fiction (Dr Angelica Michelis), Female Gothic and the ghost story (Dr Emma Liggins) and American Gothic (Dr Liz Nolan and Dr Sarah Maclachlan).
On top of this, the university has a dedicated Gothic Research cluster that brings together established academics with international reputations who have retired from teaching – Prof Sue Zlosnik (Emeritus Professor) and Dr Anna Powell (Research Fellow) – and colleagues in other disciplines with strong interests in the Gothic, such as Prof Joanna Verran (Microbiology), Dr Julian Holloway (Geography and Environmental Management), and Dr Emily Brick and Dr Joan Ormrod (Film and Media Studies).
The Centre runs the Modern and Contemporary Gothic Reading Group. These free sessions, which run in the summer term, give us a chance to explore the prominent role of the gothic in modern and contemporary culture, as well as the recuperation of certain authors in recent times.
We are currently working closely with the following organisations. If you would like to be involved in the work of the Centre please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.