British Library
Tue 28 Nov 2023
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Gothic literature in context: free webinar for secondary English teachers image

A discussion on the continuing resonances of Gothic literature, offering fresh insights and ideas for the secondary classroom, from KS3-KS5
Fresh ideas for teaching Gothic literature in context, drawing on the British Library’s rich Discovering Literature website.
Join professor of 18th century literature Mary Fairclough, teacher and member of NATE’s Reviewing Literature Working Group Aaishah Rauf, and teacher Patrick Cragg for a rich discussion on the Gothic.

Professor Mary Fairclough will discuss Gothic fears and mysteries within science and modern technology and the Gothic contrast between past and present, drawing on themes within Frankenstein and contemporary anxieties around modern-day technologies.
Aaishah Rauf will offer a new perspective on Frankenstein by looking at the Gothic conventions through the lens of Empire and postcolonialism.
Patrick Cragg will consider how to present the genre’s ideas in a student-friendly way, helping learners become skilled readers of the Gothic, using rich sources from the British Library’s Discovering Literature website.

Following the event, delegates will receive a digital resource pack, featuring practical teaching ideas using a range of Discovering Literature collection items to strengthen students’ understanding of the historical, social and political context of the genre.