ENGL341 Irish-Scots Gothic and the Gothic as Genre

Note: This information is for 2014, and may have been updated since the Guide to Enrolment was printed.

Title Irish-Scots Gothic and the Gothic as Genre
Code ENGL341
Subject English
Points 18 points
Teaching Period(s) Not offered in 2014, expected to be offered in 2015
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZ$)
International Tuition Fees (NZ$)


‘Ye Onlie True and Original Spook': a study of the Gothic with particular reference to Irish-Scots Gothic.

Prerequisite: 18 200-level ENGL points

Restriction: ENGL 241

Schedule C: Arts and Music

Note: Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.


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 nineteenth century to the present, paying close attention to questions of political and national context. Authors studied include: Walter Scott, James Hogg, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Bowen, and Iain Banks.

Note: This course is taught in conjunction with ENGL 241


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)

J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla (Prime)

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Penguin)

Bram Stoker, Dracula (Penguin)

Iain Banks, The Bridge (Abacus)

Muriel Spark, The Ballad of Peckham Rye (Penguin)

(Short stories by Walter Scott, Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Bowen will also be included in the Course Reader)



Professor Liam McIlvanney


Professor Liam McIlvanney, Dr Peter Kuch, Dr Thomas McLean