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British Horror and Fantasy Cinema from Dracula to Harry Potter

Queen Mary University of London
3 weeks
Bachelor's degree
London
English

Program description

British Horror and Fantasy Cinema from Dracula to Harry Potter

British cinema is often celebrated for its social realism, yet has made significant and influential contributions to the worlds of horror, fantasy and science fiction. From the Gothic tradition of Dracula to nightmarish visions of London in 28 Days Later and the spectacular popular fantasies of Doctor Who and Harry Potter, this course investigates this alternative history or ‘repressed underside’ of British cinema and the ways in which these films have responded to their social and cultural production contexts.

Introducing you to a range of critical approaches to film and literature and making full use of our unique London setting, we will engage with debates on the cultural appeal and social significance of horror and fantasy, and the nature of audiences and film spectatorship. Key topics for discussion will be the depiction of London and the East End as both a landscape of fear and wonder; the representation of women, gender and sexuality in horror and fantasy; the psychoanalytic interpretation of horror and the ways through which these films engage with the history of Britain and its capital. With an emphasis on cinema, we will also compare the writing of British authors with film adaptations of their work.

Admission requirements

A minimum of two semesters university-level study


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Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research universities, committed to improving social justice and achieving the previously unthinkable. Starting life in 1887 as the People’s Palace, a Victorian philanthropic project, Queen Mary has always aimed...


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Eleanor Skladman
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Professor Matt Jacobsen was an excellent instructor. He really balanced lecture and discussion time and provided insightful information on all our readings and class screenings.

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Queen Mary University of London

Mile End Road,
E1 4NS, London

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