Literary Lectures: Dr Setara Pracha (University of Buckingham) on Female Gothic Literature

DSC_0132 cropOn 22nd February, the English Department’s Literary Lectures series concluded with a talk on Female Gothic Literature delivered by Dr Setara Pracha, an English lecturer and Admissions Tutor at the University of Buckingham.

Initially considering the tropes of Gothic Literature, Dr Pracha pushed the audience’s understanding of such conventions by observing aspects of the Gothic in our contemporary lives, with anxieties over technology, morality and “the other” preoccupying us as much today as they have done writers over the course of many years. In addition to discussing aspects of seminal Gothic works including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Dr Pracha also took the opportunity to consider writing by Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson and poetry by Carol Ann Duffy. This was a highly thought-provoking lecture that was appreciated by an audience comprising students, teaching staff and parents and Dr Pracha was also able to offer some illuminating insights into university admissions as far as undergraduate English is concerned.

By Mr Li – Head of English