Gothic Visions: From Sublime to Suburban Gothic

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

In this unit you will explore the cultural historical landscape of the gothic genre, from the sublime urban descriptions found in traditional gothic literature through to realistic interpretations such as the American suburban teen landscape of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The gothic has traditionally been both a popular and controversial literary genre, and it constantly pushes the envelope between literature and popular cultural fiction.

On the surface, this genre is about dark creatures and settings, yet there is always a subtext of the unspoken. Hidden desires and fears are always bubbling away underneath any gothic fiction work. Different aspects of identity and belonging are fair game for play and interpretation in this genre.

The body, sexual identity, the mind, home life and work life are all examined in Gothic fiction and this unit, with its carefully chosen list of texts, films and television series, will help you examine how this happens.

Eligibility

You must have successfully completed the following unit before enrolling:

  • Approaches to English Literature

Areas of study

In this literary studies unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto
  • Matthew Lewis: The Monk
  • Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey
  • Edgar Allen Poe: Selected Tales
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon: Lady Audley’s Secret
  • Henry James: The Turn of the Screw
  • Bram Stoker: Dracula
  • Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskerville
  • Daphne du Maurier: Jamaica Inn
  • Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep
  • Alfred Hitchcock: Psycho
  • Final threads

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

When you have completed this literary studies unit focusing on gothic narratives, you will have a broader knowledge and understanding of the concepts of culture, violence and the criminal, literary value, aesthetic value and progress and reason.

You will be aware of the major impact that this genre had on everyday culture in the 18th and 19th Centuries and the shapes this genre takes on today.

You will also be skilled in communicating arguments through essays and engaging in class discussions on a range of topics related to the gothic genre.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Gothic Visions: From Sublime to Suburban Gothic from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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