English translation of course syllabus

Classics of Gothic Literature, 7.5 credits

(Gotikens klassiker, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1057LV
Subject area Comparative Literature
Main field of study Comparative Literature
Progressive specialisation GXX (First cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified)
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Disciplary domain Humanities 100%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level B
Language of instruction English
Valid from Spring semester 2021


This course syllabus was validated by the Management Board of the School of Culture and Education at Södertörn University on 2020-04-02 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

30 credits in Humanities and English B (intermediate level), or the equivalent

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student can:

  • describe the development of the gothic genre, focusing on a selection of influential works in the tradition
  • describe the influence of these works on the development of the genre and their status in the cultural canon
  • interpret literary works in their historical context
  • apply modern-day critical approaches to literature.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course discusses key works in European and American gothic literature. The emphasis is on the genre’s canonical works, which are studied against the backdrop of their historical and literary context as well as in relation to the development of the genre and of literary theory. The course will provide examples of modern-day theoretical approaches to literature, such as gender, queer, and postcolonial theory.

1001, Classics of Gothic Literature, 7.5 credits

(Gotikens klassiker, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

Teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars.

Examination format

Participation in seminars, a written analytical assignment and a written take-home exam. The student may compensate for absence from up to two occasions through written hand-in assignments.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.