About this unit
This online Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University examines these genres, where safe suburban homes, families, planets, cities and the human body are all vulnerable to authoritarian powers, strange beings, dark spaces, unknown territories, and the return of the repressed.
Students will examine the foundation ideas relevant to these narrative forms, and engage with fiction, from a writer’s perspective, by reading and observing examples of these genres. You will also learn to analyse and discuss ideas relevant to creative writing in your own work and that of others.
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To be eligible for this course, you must have completed the following units:
- Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction unit, the topics you will study include:
- Introducing gothic and speculative fiction
- Meeting the audience: the power of terror
- Dark plots: story-telling in the gothic tradition
- Gothic themes and archetypes
- Writing from the senses: ways to grab readers
- Gothic ambiguity
- Haunted by the past
- Realms of the imagination
- Dystopia and speculative fiction
- The body in speculative fiction
- Visions of the future
- Negotiating gothic and speculative authorship
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OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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