Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic- starting soon

Only days away from the start of my new course: ‘Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic’. I have over 50 students signed up and it is a level six undergraduate optional module. I wanted to share with you the course outline below:

The module is dedicated to the memory of Sophie Lancaster
Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred, Intolerance Everywhere

Gothic Introductions
Workshop 1 YA Fiction and the Gothic: Catherine Spooner, Contemporary Gothic; Alison Waller, Constructing Adolescence in Fantastic Realism; Simon Armitage, Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

Part One – Zombies: the politics of difference
Workshop 2 Undead Issues: Daniel Waters, Generation Dead
Workshop 3 Love Your Zombie: Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

Part Two – The Elusive Vampire: folklore and fiction
Workshop 4 European Revenants: Marcus Sedgwick, My SwordHand is Singing
Workshop 5 Gothic Romanced: Stephanie Meyer, Twilight
Workshop 6 The Female Vampire: Alyxandra Harvey, My Love Lies Bleeding
Workshop 7 Urban Gothic: Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in ColdTown

Part Three – Animal/Human Boundaries: the hunter and the hunted

Workshop 8 YA Werewolves: Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver
Workshop 9 Wolf Children and Human Nature: Marcus Sedgwick, The Dark Horse
Workshop 10 Slayers and Vampire Hunters: Cynthia Leitich Smith, Tantalize

Part Four – Intertextuality: the gothic fairy tale
Workshop 11 Gothic Subversions: Robin McKinley, Beauty; Marissa Meyer, Scarlet
Workshop 12 Dark Fairies in YA Fantasy: Julie Kagawa, The Iron King

Workshops start on the 19th January and I will be blogging about them on this site….


About Sam George

Associate Professor of Research, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire Co-convenor OGOM Project
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