‘Ye Onlie True and Original Spook’: a study of the Gothic with particular reference to Irish-Scots Gothic.
The Gothic, with its panoply of ghosts, skeletons, werewolves, revenants, monsters,
ruined castles, devils and the mad, bad, overwrought - and those in extremis - has
held an enduring fascination for Irish and Scottish writers, a number of whom have
made a significant contribution to the genre.
This paper will examine three foundational Gothic novels (by Horace Walpole, William Beckford and Mary Shelley) before exploring a selection of Scottish and Irish texts from the early 19th century to the present, paying close attention to questions of political and national context.
Authors studied include: Robert Burns, James Hogg, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Emma Donoghue and Jenni Fagan.
|Paper title||Irish-Scots Gothic and the Gothic as Genre|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- 18 200-level ENGL points
- ENGL 241
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of English and Linguistics website
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Professor Liam McIlvanney
Lecturers: Professor Liam McIlvanney, Dr Tom McLean and Professor Peter Kuch
- Paper Structure
- The paper follows a chronological structure.
- Three Gothic Novels (Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; William Beckford,
Vathek; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein) (Penguin)
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Penguin)
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Penguin)
Bram Stoker, Dracula
Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla
Oscar Wilde, Complete Short Stories (Oxford)
Emma Donoghue, Room
Jenni Fagan, The Panopticon (Hogarth)
Additional material will be included in the Course Reader.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of the paper students should have a sound knowledge of the key generic,
technical and thematic features of Gothic writing as represented by the works on the
- Understand the historical trajectory of the Gothic as a genre
- Be able to interpret works of Gothic literature in relation to their literary and historical contexts
- Be able to articulate their views cogently both in discussion and writing