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Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction
Wrap yourself in genre narrative storytelling techniques. Read up on popular and contemporary examples of the Gothic genre. Identify recurring themes and characters. Create written worlds inspired by the Gothic and speculative fiction canons.
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- 17 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- recognise and understand the genres of Gothic and Speculative Fiction
- familiarise yourself with the foundational ideas relevant to these forms of narrative
- engage with fiction from the perspective of a writer through skills of close and observant reading
- analyse and discuss ideas relevant to creative writing in your own work and that of others
- exercise the creative and professional skills of writing, reading, argumentation and analysis through online discussion with your peers based on set readings (some purchased and others provided online).
- Overview of the Gothic and Speculative fiction genres
- Exploring themes and archetypes in Gothic fiction Transmedia narrative and world-building
- Dystopia and the ecological turn in Speculative Fiction
- Gothic and Speculative transformations
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
No additional requirements
From its beginnings the gothic novel and its cousins, speculative and fantasy fiction, have been popular and sometimes controversial story forms that explore the outer edges of the imagination through fantasy, space, myth, the future the supernatural and the borderlands of desire. This is a realm where nothing is as it appears to be. Safe suburban homes, families, planets, cities and the human body are all vulnerable to authoritarian powers, strange beings, dark spaces, unknown territories, uncanny secrets, and the return of the repressed.
This subject offers you a chance to study and practise writing genre narrative. We will look at a selection of popular gothic and speculative fiction, past and present,Â by practitioners that range from Le Fanu to Bacigalupi, as a springboard for discussion and creative practice.
- Online Discussion (30%)
- Fiction piece (35%)
- Fiction piece (35%)
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