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    Vampires, ghosts, and haunted homes: a study of the Gothic with particular reference to Irish-Scots Gothic.

    The Gothic, with its panoply of ghosts, skeletons, vampires, revenants, and ruined castles, 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 at least two foundational Gothic novels (by Horace Walpole 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 usually include: Robert Burns, James Hogg, Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, and a changing selection of more recent work.

    About this paper

    Paper title Irish-Scots Gothic and the Gothic as Genre
    Subject English
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    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.

    Teaching staff

    Paper Coordinator: Associate Professor Thomas McLean

    Lecturers: Associate Professor Thomas McLean
    Associate Professor Grace Moore

    Paper Structure
    The paper follows a chronological structure.

    • 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
    • Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto
    • Matthew Lewis, The Monk
    • Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

    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 syllabus.

    They should:

    • 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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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