Module title: The Gothic tradition

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP10100
Module leader: Emily Alder
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Module code - CLP09129
Modules that deal with literary analysis, cultural and historical contexts for literature, or theoretical approaches to literature and culture.

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Linda Dryden
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module will consist of one lecture and one tutorial per week. Students will be introduced to the major themes and texts during the lecture and will discuss these in tutorials (LOs 1-5). The emphasis will be on the discussion and understanding of the development of the gothic tradition from the eighteenth-century to the present day (LOs 1, 3, 4). Video and visual material will be used to demonstrate the range of the Gothic in a variety of media. After week four students will give individual 15 minute tutorial papers on specific Gothic texts to demonstrate their understanding of theoretical approaches to the gothic (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). These papers will form the basis for class discussion. An essay based on the tutorial paper will be submitted one week after the class presentation (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). A final major essay will be completed by week 13 of the module (LOS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is demonstrated through the delivery of tutorial papers and the subsequent discussion that will critique these papers (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of the short essay based upon the tutorial paper and the major essay to be submitted at the end of the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 11
Face To Face Seminar 22
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 10 1-5 4-11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 30 1-5 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Essay 60 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The gothic is an enduringly popular and versatile genre within English literature. This module begins by looking at 18th century Gothic texts such as The Castle of Otranto in order to understand the tradition upon which later Victorian texts built. A history of Gothic literature through the early-to-mid nineteenth century will explore selected works by such authors as Christina Rossetti, Keats, and Poe . This survey will take up 5 weeks of the module with the next 6 weeks devoted to the second half of the nineteenth century. Reference will be made to some texts from earlier years on the programme such as Frankenstein and Dracula, but the majority of the students’ study will be spent on texts such as She, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Great God Pan and The Three Imposters. Students will be encouraged to read more widely on the Gothic tradition and to critically appraise how this tradition has influenced other genres such as science fiction and horror narratives. The final week of the module will be devoted to a discussion of how these earlier Gothic narratives have influenced the Gothic of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: critically reflect on a range of Gothic texts from the late-eighteenth-century to the present.
LO2: critically reflect on and appraise the relationship between cultural concerns and the Gothic tradition.
LO3: appraise the history and impact of the Gothic tradition in literature.
LO4: engage analytically with a range of theoretical approaches to Gothic literature.
LO5: apply theories of the Gothic to particular texts and particular historical moments.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP10100 The Gothic Tradition 2019/20