21st Century Children's and Young Adult Gothic Writing - Upskilling Module

School of Humanities

Date of entry

August 2022

Start date
August 2022
10 weeks
Study mode
Distance Learning
Dundee City Campus
Fully funded places available

A limited number of fully funded places are available for eligible Scottish applicants through the Scottish Government's Upskilling Fund.

If you are living in Scotland and are currently:

  • unemployed and seeking work
  • at risk of redundancy or their job under threat as a result of Covid-19 or the economic impact of EU Exit
  • employed and have identified a skills gap in their current job

then you can apply for a fully funded place.

Come along and join us for an exhilarating and engaging exploration of contemporary children’s and young adult gothic fiction. On this course you will learn some of the background of the gothic genre, and consider ways in which gothic and horror tropes are prominent in literature today. Key studies from this course consist of children’s Gothic, political tension, Eco-Gothic and Bibliotherapy. Literary theory in the form of Eco-Criticism, adaptation and psychoanalysis will strengthen the development of understanding for this genre. Secondary reading will introduce you to a selection of current debates in the field of contemporary children’s fiction, urging a consideration over ways in which the genre has developed from the 1800s, and can continue to adapt and develop for future readers.

Indicative content includes:

  • Infection, Disease and Zombies: The Contemporary Gothic Child
  • Repression, Mirrors and the Uncanny: The Gothic Space in Parallel Worlds
  • The Power of a Global Brand: The Many Layers of Harry Potter
  • Political Rebellion in Foreign Realms 
  • Eco-Concerns and Exploitation in YA Fiction
  • Punishment in Dystopian Futures
  • Where Children Rule
  • Monsters in Children’s Literature
  • Books that Heal and Alternative Formats: Bibliotherapy and Trauma Fiction 
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