A specialist pathway on the English Studies Masters programme

MA English Studies: The Gothic

In recent years the Gothic mode has become ubiquitous. Gothic films, television programmes, novels and websites haunt the popular imagination.

MA English Studies: The Gothic is one of only three Masters-level courses in the UK 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.

This course is taken over one year (two evenings a week).

Short courses (CPD) with accreditation are also available.



Students taking this course will explore gothic themes, stylistics, structures and thematics in a variety of texts and media and study some of the most significant and up-to-date critical and theoretical work in this area. They will have the chance to focus their studies on key areas of Gothic interest, or to develop a wider understanding of the mode and its various cultural manifestations. Teaching is by a team of academics with substantial reputations in this field. As such, the MA proper focuses on the persistent popularity and significance of Gothic as a mode of cultural expression and explores the remarkable cultural and political relevance of the mode as it manifests itself across a range of  historical periods and within a variety of geographical and cultural spaces.

The unusual number of English Department staff interested in the Gothic allows for an MA that is broader in historical, generic and theoretical scope than other MAs in the UK. It also fosters a research culture that is informed not only by staff interests but by the considerable stature of Manchester Met researchers in this field.

Students taking the MA English Studies: The Gothic will take Research Skills and Dissertation Preparation units and will be able to study a range of Gothic topics as electives or Independent Study options.

For detailed information on the units see MA English Studies.



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Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies

The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies hosts gothic festivals, gothic networking days and gothic research lectures. The centre often collaborate with a range of partners across Manchester to help showcase work and bring the dark delights of Gothic culture to a wider non-specialist audience.

Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies

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