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MA3063 The Gothic, Gender and Sexuality

Tutor: Mandy Merck

Teaching: 20 hours Lectures 20 hours Seminars plus individual tutorials

Value: 1 unit

Availability: Autumn and Spring


This course explores issues of fantasy, identity and gender in the context of ‘gothic’ media texts. The course concentrates upon the horror film, but will include studies of television series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and comics. Films examined previously within this course include Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nosferatu and The Exorcist. Subjects are approached through a wide variety of theories, but the emphasis is upon Psychoanalysis, with close attention paid to Freud’s theories of identification and its relevance to spectatorship, and his essay on ‘The Uncanny’, and to feminist theories of the gaze.


Students must attend at least 70% of the course in each term, with the stipulation that not doing a seminar presentation or the required course work counts as a missed seminar. Three essays set and marked through the year, comprising two essays of 2 - 3,000 words, and one essay of 4 - 6,000 words.




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