AMS-10027 - Transatlantic Gothic: Studies in Nineteenth-Century English and American Literature
Coordinator: Jonathon R Shears Tel: +44 1782 7 33014
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

Transatlantic Gothic is an exciting and innovative module which introduces students to one of the most important nineteenth-century literary genres, both in Europe and the United States, and how this influenced work produced in the early twentieth century. Students study important texts of this period in terms of their relationship to European and American literary traditions, and are given training in key critical and theoretical concepts (for example, psychoanalytical and feminist approaches to Gothic literature). The module is designed to develop intermediate writing and research skills. Indicative content may include: E.T.A. Hoffmann, 'The Sandman'; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Nathaniel Hawthorne, 'Young Goodman Brown'; Edgar Allan Poe, 'The Black Cat'; Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 'The Yellow Wallpaper'; Henry James, `The Turn of the Screw'; Bram Stoker, Dracula; May Sinclair, 'Where the Fire is not Quenched'; and H.P. Lovecraft, `The Shadow Over Innsmouth┐.
The course is taught through weekly seminars and lectures. A balance of shorter and longer reading assignments makes the workload manageable.

To introduce students to key literary texts from two national cultures; to equip students with relevant theoretical perspectives, complementing The Unreliable Truth: Studies in Twentieth Century English and American Literatures; to develop more advanced writing and research skills, building on Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate skills of close textual analysis and the ability to use consistent and accurate bibliographic references. will be achieved by assessments: 3, 4
Demonstrate familiarity with the generic characteristics of Gothic writing, as well as an awareness of national cultural differences and of the social and historical contexts of Gothic. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3, 4
Describe, explain and apply key critical and theoretical terms and concepts relevant to the interpretation of Gothic writing. will be achieved by assessments: 2,3,4

Study hours

8 x 1-hour lectures; 9 x 1-hour seminars; 2 x 2-hour workshops; 20 minutes individual feedback; balance (128 hours 40 minutes) made up of class and assessment preparation.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exercise weighted 0%
KLE quiz (formative)
Start of module quiz designed to develop general knowledge of the texts and authors to be studied. The quiz is completed by the end of Week 2; attendance at the Week 2 lecture is crucial if you are to complete this part of the module successfully.

2: Exercise weighted 0%
Exercise (formative based on week 3 workshop on key critical terms)
Students will submit a 250-word description and analysis of the uncanny. The exercise is submitted in Week 4 and you will receive written and verbal feedback at an individual meeting in week 5.

3: Coursework weighted 30%
Short paper - close reading exercise of 1000 words
Following a training workshop in Week 5, students will submit a close reading of a short passage from one of the first four core texts on the module. The assessment develops a more reflective awareness of the research and writing process and develops skills required in assessment element 4.

4: Essay weighted 60%
2000 word essay
The essay (is the completed version of the short paper).

5: Class Participation weighted 10%
Class participation
Assesses the quality of participation in seminars and workshops. Develops, encourages and rewards contributions as well as teamwork and time management skills.