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ENL2004 Gothic Stories: Terror over Time

Semester 2, 2021 Springfield On-campus
Short Description: Gothic Stories: Terror over Ti
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091523 - Literature
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Sharon Bickle

Other Requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course. This course should not normally be undertaken during the student's first year in the program.


Since literature is both a product of, and reproduces, cultural ideologies, literary critics need to understand and evaluate the relationship between texts and their contexts. From its earliest manifestations, Gothic literature has exemplified this relationship between narrative and culture. Far from being a radical or fantastic escape from the real, Gothic poetry, stories, plays and films can tell us much about the fears and desires of particular cultural groups in particular historical periods


In this course students will trace some of the most important concerns in the Gothic tradition from its origins in the eighteenth century until the present day in order to develop a critical appreciation of this genre in both narrative and cultural terms. This focused analysis of one of the most influential genres in literary history will build on competency in research skills, develop knowledge of narrative techniques and literary history and theory, and improve proficiency in literary and cultural analysis.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to

  1. demonstrate intermediate academic and professional literacy recognising narrative techniques (in poetry, stories and film) and their application in Gothic texts;
  2. employ effective discipline-based skills in classifying and critically interpreting historical and theoretical concepts and debates;
  3. apply skills related to Objectives 1 and 2 in the interpretation and understanding of literature and culture in both oral and written form;
  4. demonstrate ethical research and enquiry skills by adhering to principles of academic integrity;
  5. utilise creative skills and processes in developing innovative approaches to identified critical issues;
  6. consistently provide evidence of reflective practice through maintenance of a learning diary and by developing the second research essay directly based on feedback from the first.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Gothic origins 25.00
2. Gothic bodies and minds 25.00
3. Uncanny contexts 25.00
4. American Gothic 25.00

Text and Materials

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Morrison, T 2004, Beloved, Vintage, London.
Stevenson, RL 2003, Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Norton, New York.
(ed. Linehan, Katherine B.)
Stoker, B 1996, Dracula, Norton, New York.
(ed. Auerbach, N & Skal, DJ.)
The shining 1980, feature film, Stanley Kubrick dir.
Wagner, C 2014, Gothic evolutions: poetry, tales, context, theory, Broadview, London.
American Horror Story (FX television series, selected episodes from season 1).

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Botting, F 2013, The Gothic, 2nd edn, Routledge, London.
Cavallaro, D 2002, The Gothic vision: three centuries of horror, terror and fear, Continuum, London.
Hopkins, L 2005, Screening the Gothic, U of Texas P, Austin.
Punter, D & Byron, G 2004, A companion to the Gothic, Blackwell, Malden.
Smith, A 2013, Gothic literature, 2nd edn, Edinburgh UP, Edinburgh.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SHORT ESSAY 100 30 23 Aug 2021
MOODLE QUIZ 1 100 10 10 Sep 2021
PARTICIPATION 100 10 18 Oct 2021 (see note 1)
2000 WORD ESSAY 100 40 20 Oct 2021
MOODLE QUIZ 2 100 10 22 Oct 2021

  1. On-campus students are assessed based on class attendance and participation; online students are assessed based on forum participation. Participation includes advance preparation (completing the set reading) and actively contributing to discussion.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other Requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Assignments should be typed and must be double spaced. The new MLA style must be used in documenting all assessment items. See Study Desk for details.

  3. Tape recording of tutorials and lectures is prohibited except in special cases at the discretion of the examiner

Date printed 8 November 2021