British Horror and Fantasy Cinema from Dracula to Harry Potter
Academic Lead: Dr Matt Jacobsen
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.
Course content is subject to change.
This course aims to:
- provide you with knowledge of the development of British horror and fantasy cinema from the 1950s to the present
- provide you with an understanding of the impact of social and economic contexts in Britain in the 20th century and their representation in cinema
- give you an introduction to a wide range of critical approaches in the study of cinema and compare their effectiveness and relevance
- provide a context in which to explore the relationship between history and film production, and an introduction to detailed analysis of films as primary sources within their social, cultural and industrial contexts
- engender an aesthetic understanding and appreciation of British horror and fantasy cinema as well as familiarise you with the indigenous cultural and social significance of dominant visual motifs and narrative themes
- enhance your analytical skills and your ability to write film commentaries and criticism with clarity and authority.
Teaching and learning
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, film screenings and field trips.
You will gain:
- an understanding of the different cultural and socio-historical contexts of British horror films
- a range of knowledge about British horror films and film-makers, and familiarity with debates on horror and fantasy film in film studies and film history
- an awareness of the visual and narrative properties of a range of British horror and fantasy films
- knowledge and application of a range of methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of film.
You will be able to:
- demonstrate an ability to analyse visual sources appropriately and accurately using a range of methods
- demonstrate your own ability to comment on films and engage analytically with film criticism from an informed vantage point and with an appropriate critical vocabulary
- distinguish between (and apply) a range of different theoretical approaches
- demonstrate an understanding of how film can be used as an historical source
- demonstrate an awareness of the complex relationships between history, culture and society
- undertake independent research, seeking out relevant sources and research materials
- write with clarity and authority
- develop effective oral communication skills in class discussions.
The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,650 per session, which includes tution and some events on the social programme.
We offer a 10% discount to:
- Students and staff from partner institutions
- Current Queen Mary students
£470 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the Tuition and Social Programme Fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.
We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:
- if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
- if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+
We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.
English language requirements
All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join
- If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.
- IELTS, 7 overall or higher
- TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 100 (L22; S25; R24; W27)
- China UEE (University Entrance Exam) - 110
- CET 4 – 550 or CET 6 – 490
- PTE Academic 68
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 185 70- grade C (old marking system)
- Applicants with an alternative qualification should check it is equivalent to the above or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
Applications will be open at the end of 2018.
Check out our accommodation and fee discount deadlines.
Have a question? Get in touch, one of the team will be happy to help.
Application deadline: 26 May 2019.
What do I need to apply?
You’ll need to upload the following documents together with your online application:
- your current academic transcript or your record of studies to date
- evidence of your English Language proficiency, if your first language isn’t English
- a written statement explaining why you'd like to attend the Summer School
- a copy of your passport
What do I do next?
- work with your home university adviser to select the courses you want to study at Queen Mary and ensure they are approved/can transfer back to your own institution
- gather your transcripts and your proof of language proficiency (if applicable)
- check that you meet the eligibility criteria
- Fill out our online application form
What happens then?
- we make a decision on your application within 5 days of your application date and send you an offer letter
- you accept our offer
- apply for a visa (if you need it)
- book your flights to London**
- read all of our pre-departure emails carefully before you arrive
- pack and get ready for your stay in London
- arrive in London and move into your new home with us on campus
- join the welcome programme and start your course
- complete all your welcome programme/orientation tasks
- enjoy your time at Queen Mary!
** Please don’t connect or enter the UK via Ireland, as there are visa restrictions.
Session One: 1 July - 19 July 2019
150 hours (of which 45 will be contact hours)
in-class film analysis test and essay