Course on Gothic Cinema at the Cornerhouse and Related Public Screenings

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on October 21, 2014 in News tagged with , , , , , ,


Over the months of October, November and December, the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies will be running a beginner’s course on Gothic Cinema in partnership with the Cornerhouse. In connection, there will be a couple of major screenings, of the films Rebecca (1940) and Elephant Man (1980), which are open to all members of the public. The times are:

Wed 29 Oct, 18:15 – Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock/US 1940/131 mins/PG)
Wed 19 Nov, 18:15 – The Elephant Man (David Lynch/GB 1980/124 mins/PG)

Although tickets for the course have now sold out, you can still download the course outline for free by following the link to the course’s main page.

The blurb for the course ran as follows:

The vampires, zombies, werewolves, mummies and madmen of the gothic tradition have overrun popular culture. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than on our cinema screens.

This course offers a concise yet thorough introduction to gothic cinema, covering key texts and movements from German Expressionism and Universal Horror to homespun Hammer and beyond. It will address key questions related to the complex nature of genre, the role of sexuality and the gothic’s ability to engage with national trauma.

By the end of the course you will have a comprehensive knowledge of gothic films, their cultural contexts and significance. We promise an intellectually stimulating, dark encounter with a number of generically seminal films, ranging from Hollywood super-productions to low-budget independents.

The course leaders are:

Dr Linnie Blake, Director of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies and Principal Lecturer in Film at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Please e-mail any questions and queries to

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