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EN4367 Romantic Gothic

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:10.00 am Mon and 11.00 am Mon

This module examines the dark side of British Romanticism. Ghosts, reanimated bodies, monsters, fragmented manuscripts and haunted spaces fill the works of Romantic poets and novelists alike. The Romantics' fascination with the Gothic will be placed in the context of anxieties about the French Revolution, religion, sexuality, race and nation, as well developments in late eighteenth-century print and book production: the module includes a scheduled visit to Martyrs Kirk Library to view a selection of Gothic rare books. Students will also study eighteenth-century theoretical debates about terror and horror and engage with critical issues that have long occupied modern critics of the genre, such as the contested categories of Male and Female Gothic. (Group C)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group C Optional for English

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr K Garner
Module teaching staff:Dr K Garner