The M.Litt in the Gothic Imagination lasts 12 months full-time, or 27 months part-time, running from September to August. The teaching methods encourage independent research and scholarship within a structured framework of core and optional modules. Students are assessed by coursework; there are no examinations. Completing a Masters degree as a prelude to research is an increasingly common pattern of study for young scholars, and this route is being encouraged by the AHRC. This course provides an ideal introduction to further postgraduate work and an effective transition to a research degree. Graduates of the M.Litt in the Gothic Imagination have gone on to pursue Doctoral research on such related topics as magic and occultism, Gothic and the discourse of consumption, ghost stories, Gothic and postmodernism and Postfeminist Gothic. The course is also well suited to students simply wanting to gain a fuller appreciation of the Gothic aesthetic.
Structure and Content
The programme includes:
• Core module on eighteenth and nineteenth-century British Gothic fiction, including such seminal authors as Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Gregory Lewis, Charlotte Dacre, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde.
• Core module on Gothic in modernity and postmodernity, including works by writers such as Gaston Leroux, Algernon Blackwood, H.P Lovecraft, Djuna Barnes, Mervyn Peake, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison and Patrick McGrath.
• Options on nineteenth-century American Gothic in writers such as Charles Brockden Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville and Henry James.
• Specialist options on such themes and topics as Gothic and film, Queer Gothic, Gothic and theory, the female Gothic, Gothic and women writers of the 1790s, Gothic drama, Gothic and cyberculture, transmutations of the vampire, monstrosity, serial killers, Gothic in children’s literature, and global Gothic. A selection of these is offered each year in accordance with student interest.
• Supervised, independent research on any particular interest within Gothic studies that a student might wish to pursue.
• Arts Graduate Training modules that are taken by all M.Litt students.
In these and other areas, the course content reflects not only student interests, but also staff research expertise. All academic members of staff involved in the programme are research-active within the broad field of Gothic studies, and regularly attend conferences and symposia in the UK and abroad.