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Term 1

Unit 1:Nuclear Ghosts

Week 1.
SET TEXT: H.G. Wells, The World Set Free,1914

Week 2.
SET: Leslie Mitchell, Gay Hunter,1935

Week 3.
SET: John Wyndham, The Chrysalids,1955

Week 4.
SET: Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker, 1980

Week 5.
SET: Wr. Troy Kennedy Martin, dir. Martin Campbell, Edge of Darkness,1985
John Caughie, Edge of Darkness(BFI Classics), 2008

Unit 2:Folk Horror

Week 7.
SET: Peter Dickinson, The Weathermonger, 1968

Week 8.
SET: Wr. Anthony Shaffer, dir. Robin Hardy, The Wicker Man, 1974

Week 9.
SET: Doris Lessing, Memoirs of a Survivor, 1975

Week 10.
SET: Lucy McKnight Hardy, Water Shall Refuse Them, 2019

Further Reading


Lawrence Badash,A Nuclear Winter'sTale, 2009
John Baylis and Kristan Stoddart,The British Nuclear Experience, 2014
ed. Ele Carpenter,The Nuclear Culture Sourcebook, 2016
William Chaloupka,Knowing Nukes, 1992
I.G. Clarke,Voices ProphesyingWar, 1966
Jacques Derrida, 'No Apocalypse, Not Today', 1984
Frances Ferguson, 'The Nuclear Sublime', 1984
H. Bruce Franklin,Crash Course, 2018
Lawrence Freedman,Britain and Nuclear Weapons, 1980
Michael Gardiner,Nuclear Fictions, 2024
Matthew Grant,After the Bomb, 2009
Gabrielle Hecht,Being Nuclear, 2014
Beatrice Heuser,The Bomb, 2014
Jonathan Hogg,British Nuclear Culture, 2016
Wr. Barry Hines, dir. Mick Jackson,Threads, 1985
Drew Milne and John Kinsella, 'Nuclear Theory Degree Zero', 2021
Wr. and dir. Tom McGrath,The Nuclear Family, 1982
George Orwell,Ninteen Eighty-Four, 1949
J.B. Priestley,Doomsday for Dyson, 1958
HMSO,Protect and Survive, 1980
Mordechai Roshwald,Level 7, 1959
Liam Sprod,Nuclear Futurism, 2014
Stepping StonesConservative Party policy paper, 1976
Tim Street,The Politics of Nuclear Disarmament, 2021
E.P. Thompson, 'Exterminism, the Highest Stage of Civilization', 1980
Wr. and dir. Peter Watkins,The War Game, 1965
H.G. Wells,Man at the End of his Tether, 1945
Paul Virilio,War and Cinema, 1989


Peter Buse and Andrew Stott, Ghosts: deconstruction, psychoanalysis, history, 1999
Paul Darby and Niall Finneran, 'Spectral Nation: Characterizing British Haunted Landscapes through the Lens of the 1970s ‘Ghost Gazetteer’and a Folk Horror Perspective', 2022
Daniel Darvay,Haunting Modernity and the Gothic Presence in British Modernist Literature, 2016
Mark Fisher,Ghosts of MyLife,2014
Ethan Kleinberg,Haunting History: for a deconstructive approach to the past,2017.
Richard Littler,Discovering Scarfolk,2014
Esther Peeren, 'Ghosts of the Missing: Multidirectional Haunting and Self-Spectralization in Ian McEwan’sThe Child in Timeand Bret Easton Ellis’sLunar Park',2014
Adam Scovell,Folk Horror, 2017
Katy Shaw,Hauntology,2018
Grafton Tanner,The Hours Have Lost Their Clock, 2021.