A-Level Gothic, cont.

Posted by Dale Townshend on November 15, 2011 in News tagged with

Neil Bowen, Head of English at Wells Cathedral School, England, has recently set up a website called peripeteia, an online project designed to facilitate debate and the exchange of ideas for A-level students of English literature.   Though only recently established, membership of peripeteia is now around 200, with students and academics from Australia, Iran, Pakistan, Spain, the USA and all parts of the UK participating in the online discussions. Given the ever-increasing Gothic contents of literature courses at high-school level–the subject of an earlier blog on this website– it is fitting that peripeteia, following on from a successful online seminar on Frankenstein, is offering a further Gothic seminar in February 2012.  For the full programme of events, see below.  A link to the website may be found here.

Seminars 2011-12


Dr Mariadele Boccardi (UWE) Narrative analysis & Frankenstein
Oct/Nov Neil Bowen Collaborative creative writing
Dec Prof Tim Kendall (Exeter)

Matthew Curry (poet)

how to analyse a poem

drafting a poem

Jan Micheal Meally Inroducing Postmodernism & Modernism
Feb May Robertson

Dr Dale Townsend (Stirling) and Dr Angela Wright (Sheffield)

Chaucer’s General Prologue

The Gothic

March Dr Mike Craddock

Dr Will May (Soton)

Yeats’ Irish airman

Interpreting Emily Dickinson

April Dr Emma Smith (Oxford)

Dr Briony Frost (Exeter/ Plymouth)


Renaissance tragedies – Duchess of Malfi and Faustus

May Fran Brearton (QUB) poetry, with a special focus on Yeats
June t.b.a. t.b.a.

Other seminars in the pipeline include ones focused on ‘women in literature’ and on Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

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