Gothic and Modernity
This unit considers the ways in which modern Gothic has emerged as a central part of literature and culture in the last century. It is concerned with the ways in which different themes and metaphors (haunting, the gothic body, the vampire) have been revisited and redefined in fiction, film and TV, and applies a variety of critical and theoretical methodologies to both established classics, and more recent contributions to Gothic, finishing with the implications of the contemporary Gothic in its historical moment.
Core texts studied include: Henry James, The Turn of the Screw (1898), Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), Richard Matheson, I am Legend (1954), and TV dramas, including Supernatural, Medium, Dexter and True Blood.
This course is worth an optional 20 credits at Master’s level and costs £500. For further details, contact Dr Adam Rounce: +44 (0) 161 247 3783; a.ro...@mmu.ac.uk. To apply, contact James Draper: +44 (0) 161 247 1787; j.dr...@mmu.ac.uk.