Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture offers you the chance to study this fascinating strand of culture in literature, film, architecture and at the 'Home of Gothic'.
Why study Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture?
This is a truly interdisciplinary programme on which you will benefit from the expertise of historians, literary critics, art critics, film theorists and ethnographers.
Why has the ‘Gothic’ been so prevalent in the fields of literature, art, architecture, film and music in the past 250 years? What does this tell us about ourselves, and the society in which we live? How has the genre changed, and how is it possible for us to define our identities within, and in relation to, the Gothic?
These are some of the questions you will be invited to consider on this course, which gives you the opportunity to study the fascinating subject of Gothic culture, in all its many forms, where it all began: on the site of Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion in Strawberry Hill, South West London.
You will also be trained at postgraduate level in the research methods of these disciplines, preparing you for advanced study in the humanities disciplines.
Why St Mary's?
By studying this course you will have on-site access to the historic Gothic castle at Strawberry Hill, the birthplace of Gothic fiction and architecture.
There is also the unique resource of the Strawberry Hill Library, with collections relating to Horace Walpole, and to Gothic culture in general.
Taught by experts in the fields of literature, film, cultural studies, art and architecture, the course will encourage you to read and reflect on the tradition that starts with Horace Walpole and ends - for the time being - with True Blood and the Twilight saga.
Most of the formal teaching takes place in seminars on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, supplemented by tutorials and study trips arranged at times to suit our students.
The taught modules are assessed by a mini-research paper of 4-5000 words, together with other reports and in-class presentations. To complete the MA, students are required to complete 10,000 word dissertation on a topic chosen in consultation with tutorial staff.
- Study at the 'Home of Gothic' with on-site access to Horace Walpole's Gothic mansion
- A bespoke programme on which students' individual interests are catered for and enhanced
- An interdisciplinary programme which will prepare students for higher research in the humanities and careers in the heritage industry