Gothic Sixth Form Conferences

At Newman University, Birmingham, I have been running conferences on the Gothic for A level students in the West Midlands. These are always well attended and teachers often make repeat visits, bring a new group of students along.
We explore the ways in which Gothic is defined traditionally, then look at how the form may (or may not) have changed over time, with a look at Vampires through the ages. We illustrate through literary texts and through popular texts, particularly films and TV adaptations.
My favourite moment is always the ripple of excitement that greets my first image featuring Blade, Edward Cullen, Stefan Salvatore … it’s a good hook into the discussions of Romanticism vs. Gothic!

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