Teaching Gothic literature? There’s a good chance that if you’re not teaching it now, you will be soon. As Victoria Walker explains in our latest newsletter, the Gothic is pervasive in English classrooms, and it’s appropriate at every key stage.
Victoria’s resource ‘A mansion of Gothic activities’ includes a huge selection of teaching activities ranging across the key stages, and is full of spooky inspiration.
If you’re on the hunt for scholarly articles or source materials to support your teaching of Gothic literature, the British Library’s collection includes many of these, including resources for ghosts in A Christmas Carol, the Gothic in Great Expectations, and the context of novels such as Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and even Oliver Twist.
To contemporise your teaching of the Gothic, you might want to involve the latest forms drawing on the heritage of Gothic fiction. These include forms such as ‘dark fantasy’ and ‘urban fantasy’ fiction, paranormal romances (vampire romance), horror-themed films and TV shows, thrillers and even new online media such as the ‘Slenderman’ vlogs (although these come with a sensitivity warning).