Gothic Literature and Culture
Research into Gothic at Lancaster is distinctive for its focus on the multi-medial and multi-disciplinary contexts of Gothic: literature alongside film, television, fashion, art and popular culture.
The department boasts a number of scholars who have published on Gothic as well as an exceptionally large and thriving community of research students. We regularly hold major Gothic events: in 2009 we hosted ‘Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects’, the ninth biannual conference of the International Gothic Association; in 2012, our international, interdisciplinary conference ‘Capturing Witches: Histories, Stories, Images’ commemorated the 400-year anniversary of the trial and execution of the Lancashire Witches.
In 2013, ‘Beyond Twilight’ brought together authors, readers and scholars of Young Adult Gothic fiction. We also organised regular events on a more intimate scale including talks and screenings at local arts cinema, the Dukes; a fortnightly reading group in term-time; and an annual Study Day. Gothic options are also available to undergraduate students and taught postgraduates, with modules including Victorian Gothic, Children in Horror Fiction and Film and Contemporary Gothic: Text and Screen.