LIT217 : European Gothic

Convenor(s): Dr Angela Wright


Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.

General Information

European Gothic introduces you to an exciting range of Gothic literature, in a specifically European context, from 1764 to the present day. You will gain knowledge about the rise of the Gothic genre in Europe, a wider awareness of historical issues in Europe which energized the Gothic genre, and insights into how the Gothic developed and transformed from 1764 onwards. Through a combination of group research project presentation (worth 40%) and essay (worth 60%), you will develop valuable research tools and independence of thought. We examine how the Gothic charts a course across the map of Europe, moving with incredible facility between different nations. In the process of looking at its geographical spread, we also see how Europe changes between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, and how the Gothic reflects this. Students develop an understanding of the historical and political issues surrounding the Gothic, and how historical change has informed the genre’s transmutations. Texts studied include: • Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764 • Ann Radcliffe, A Sicilian Romance (1790 • Matthew Lewis, The Monk (1796), ed. Emma McEvoy (Oxford World’s Classics) • Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897) • Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera (1910) (Penguin Popular Classics edition) • Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories • Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian (2005)


There will be one large group seminar per week, where teaching will take the form of an informal ‘mini lecture’ which encourages student questions. This will be followed by a smaller tutorial-style seminar group, where we will examine parts of each text in closer detail.


Group presentation (40%); Summative 2,500 word essay (60%)

Contact Details

Dr Angela Wright, tel: 0114 222 8488

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:31 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK