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Gothic Reading Group

"the apparent delight with which we dwell upon objects of pure terror, where our moral feelings are not in the least concerned, and no passion seems to be excited but the depressing one of fear, is a paradox of the heart"

~ Anna Letitia Aikin, "On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror" (1773)

Date and Time: Wednesday 4-5pm [online for Term 1, and excluding reading week]

From Week 4 of Term 1 (28th Oct), join Dr Jen Baker (ECLS) and guests for an informal weekly (online) foray into the Gothic. We will discuss a mixture of primary representations of terror, horror, and wonder across various forms from antiquity to the present day, and from across the World and non-fiction and critical pieces that aid a wider discussion on the "Gothic" in cultural and society.

All are welcome: students from any level and from any degree subject, and all staff too.

To be added as a member of the GRG Team on MS Teams at any time, please email or you can add yourself to the group

You don't need any other prior knowledge of "Gothic", nor have to do any wider reading for the Group. If you would *like* to do some general and accessible reading beforehand, however, then I recommend one or more of the following:

Primary reading or viewing for the week(s) ahead will be posted below and in the Teams files, after each session.



Week 4 - Wednesday 28th October, 5-6pm
Text for discussion: Washington Irving "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and its Postscript [1820] from The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction. 1917

Suggested Further Reading:

Anthony, David. "'Gone distracted': 'Sleepy hollow', Gothic Masculinity, and the Panic of 1819." Early American Literature 40.1 (2005): 111-144.

Hoffman, Daniel G. “Irving's Use of American Folklore in ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.’”PMLA, vol. 68, no. 3, 1953, pp. 425–435. JSTOR,

Smith, Greg. "Supernatural ambiguity and possibility in Irving's" The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"." The Midwest Quarterly 42.2 (2001): 174-182.

Week 5 text for discussion: Daphne Du Maurier "The Birds"

Week 7 text for discussion:

Week 8 text for discussion:

Week 9 text for discussion:

Week 10 text for discussion:

If you would like to propose a text for Term 2 and/or lead the session, please get in touch!