The Gothic Revival, 1700-1850

thNRF5L5KVWhat is the Gothic? It’s a question that comes up again and again. In fact, every time the Sheffield Gothic Reading Group meet you can guarantee that someone will throw ‘but is it actually Gothic?’ into the discussion. The term can be notoriously tricky to pin down – especially given that it can cover everything from the architectural style of the Middle Ages to the music and fashion of modern day Goth sub-culture. That’s where the University of Stirling’s new MOOC comes in…

The Gothic Revival, 1700-1850: Interdisciplinary Perspectives is a free online course which aims to provide an introduction to the Gothic by reconciling its art, architecture and literature. Due to commence on Monday 29th February 2016, the course will address the different meanings of the term ‘Gothic’ and how the Gothic aesthetic came to exert such a powerful influence on British culture of the long eighteenth century. No prior knowledge of the Gothic is required to take part – the mini lectures, quizzes and online discussions have all been designed to develop your understanding over the course of the six week run.

Find out more in the video below and sign up to take part here.


A Guest Post for Madame Gilflurt

QueenCaroline1820Caroline of Brunswick often gets a raw deal, what with all those accounts about her poor personal hygiene and uncouth outbursts, but if there’s one thing which endears her to me it’s her love of Gothic novels. Caroline couldn’t get her hands on enough  sensationalised stories of victimised heroines, who are invariably tricked out of their inheritance, threatened with rape, or forced into marriage, and locked away in the highest tower or dankest dungeon of a supposedly haunted castle. Gothic Romances were often mocked for their far-fetched plots, but the truth is that the novels of the time have nothing on Caroline’s real-life family dramas.

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