ENG32130 Irish Gothic

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course will examine a range of Irish Gothic literature and film from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Irish authors and filmmakers have shown themselves to be very willing to use so-called gothic elements in their work such as monstrous figures, the macabre, apocalyptic visions, cannibalism and autophagia, and madness. The course considers the link between Irish identity and Gothicism through various perspectives such as colonisation and empire, gender, sexuality and race, and social and cultural change.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module the students will: 1. Be familiar with a wide range of Irish Gothic texts. 2. Be capable of applying critical perspectives to these texts. 3. Have learned how to critically consider and challenge arguments concerning Gothicism. 4. Write an essay demonstrating critical skills and awareness of the Gothic impulse in Irish literature and film.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Critical writing; reflective learning; peer work; student presentations; online discussion boards. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Final Essay. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Final Essay topic proposal. Includes: thesis statement, short abstract, individual consultation (500 words). Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Two short writing exercises, throughout the semester. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 10:00 - 11:50