Teaching The Bloody Chamber

Why should you attend?

The Bloody Chamber is a great choice of text if you’re teaching ‘The Gothic’, but it can present some challenges. The stories are intriguing and attention-grabbing but also highly complex and while there’s plenty of critical material available, often it’s at a high level. How can you help students to engage with Carter’s innovative story-telling techniques as well as her ideas about literature, feminism and the postmodern? This course will address these questions, as well as offer a range of materials and approaches to enable students to analyse style closely and acutely.

What will the course cover?

  • Classroom approaches to give students ways into the text.
  • A chance to engage with the text at an adult level, to fuel your thinking and resource your teaching.
  • Ways of using critical and contextual material to extend and develop students’ thinking about the text.
  • How to develop students’ writing about the text in the exam.

NB. This course draws on 2018’s Gothic course and some of the material will be repeated.


Brilliant and not overwhelming!

Emma Courtney, St John's College on ‘Teaching the Gothic for OCR A Level’.

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