Taught course

Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture

Institution
St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London
Qualifications
MAPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually need a good Bachelor's degree in literature, history, film and media studies, or any related discipline. In exceptional circumstances we may accept a student without such a qualification if they demonstrate a particular aptitude for this kind of study, usually through a written exercise.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.

Students on this course 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.

Information for international students

Please contact international@stmarys.ac.uk for more information.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip

part time
24 months

PGCert

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Peter Howell
Email
peter.howell@stmarys.ac.uk
Phone
020 8240 4124