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Gothic Visions: From Sublime to Suburban Gothic - ENGX206

This unit tracks the urban cultural history of the Gothic genre from the sublime landscapes and haunted castles of Ann Radcliffe to the hyper-real suburban universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. From its inception the Gothic genre has been a popular and controversial cultural phenomenon, which has dramatised the darker side of the senses and imagination, as well as testing the boundaries of literary taste. In Gothic fiction, nothing is ever certain. The domestic and familiar are merely comforting illusions that veil the darker reality of unspoken fears and desires. Home, city, work, identity, sexuality, the body and the mind are all sites that are open to the destabilising play and uncanny effects of the Gothic imagination, as the selected texts, films and TV series, which range from the popular to the canonical, exemplify.

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When Offered:

S1 OUA - Session 1, offered through Open Universities Australia

Staff Contact(s): Dr Lee O'Brien

ENG110 or ENGX120 Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): ENGL206, ENGL271
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: OUA
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of English

Faculty of Arts

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