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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Why were the Victorians so fascinated by the after-life, by ghostly visions and haunted houses? This course will explore the social context and the literary background to the genre of the ghost story, probing narrative techniques and settings. Our basis will be a selection from The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories.

Please note that the set text is Michael Cox and R.A. Gilbert, eds., The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (OUP 1991, paperback). Please note that the course will be taught with the expectation that students will be familiar with all of the stories listed.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

05 Nov 2016

Course duration

1 day(s)

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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