Day Course/ Introduction to the Female Gothic

14th September 19
10:30am — 10:30am
What is the Female Gothic? This day course will explore how Gothic novels from the 1790s and mid-Victorian period travelled to the screen to address women’s isolation and the possibilities for resistance in patriarchal spaces. It will focus on the old dark house mysteries and women films from the 1910s to the late 1940s, with a special emphasis on new cinematic roles for women and changing audiences. It will also turn to more modern films to explore the significance of both progressive and regressive figures like that of the ‘final girl’ and the many abject female monsters that populated the 1970s and 1980s. The course will end with a consideration of the witch in counter-cultural and contemporary “folk” horror, especially her role as hag, temptress or feminist icon. ​ This beginners’ level course includes a screening of Thorold Dickinson’s Gaslight. Gaslight (PG) Dir Thorold Dickinson/US 1940/84 mins Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell Twenty years after the murder of Alic...
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