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ENG 11 - Gothic: Overview

Year 11 Advanced English - The Gothic

Syllabus Outcomes

Scholarly Works


Gothic - An Overview

Gothic - Keywords, themes

Gothic Themes:

  • Anti-hero
  • Supernatural Forces
  • Fascination with death, decay
  • Corruption (often of human nature)
  • Fascination with misdeeds of the past
  • Doppelgangers
  • The Sublime
  • Paranoia
  • Madness
  • Religious Misdeeds or Guilt (Southern Gothic)
  • Dark, often haunted settings (Abbeys, Graveyards, Castles)
  • The Supernatural/Ghosts
  • Disintegration of the American Dream (American/"California" Gothic)