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How Did the Gothic Get Everywhere?

‘A title like Fangs, Frock’s and iPhones alone should be enough to capture the imagination of the typical Cokethorpe student. Yet the insight offered by Professor Nick Groom of Exeter University into the relevance of ‘The Gothic’ throughout time was particularly enthralling, especially to Sixth Form English Literature students. I had already watched an online lecture by Professor Groom on Gothic themes at work in The Picture of Dorian Gray. His insights were incredibly valuable in that. But the broader historical context was richly fleshed out with information on Gothic origins by the famous ‘Prof of Goth’. His lecture opened with a literally flaming book, illustrating the power of literature to set alight one’s imagination. It ended with a question-and-answer’ session dominated by idea of destruction, anarchy and death which surround us every day in the forms of literature, architecture, and media - a must for student alert to the issues in our troubled, conflicted times.’

Fredi Traish (Lower Sixth, Swift)

‘It was absolutely delightful to be here: beautiful building, charming setting on a crisp autumn day. It was a lovely audience; I hope that they took away a few ideas about the politics of ruins, or the ways in which previous generations have thoughts about vampires and ghosts. Great questions at the end focused both on set texts and more generally about our cultural heritage, especially about how questions from the middle ages have influenced later ways of thinking. So, it’s been a pleasure and privilege to be here, and I hope to visit again.’

Professor Nick Groom 
Professor of English Literature at the University of Exeter


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