The Brontës and the Gothic

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An online course with Dr Sam Hirst

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An online course with Dr Sam Hirst

The Brontë Parsonage Museum is excited to be running a new online course with Dr Sam Hirst, a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow specialising in the literature and the Gothic.

In this course, we will look at the ways in which the Brontës built on an existing Gothic legacy, incorporated and revitalised Gothic components in their own work, and influenced the development of the Gothic into the 20th and even the 21st centuries. The classes will draw on selected texts and interaction with artefacts from the Brontë Parsonage Museum collection.

The course runs for six weeks, comprising five weekly online classes and a guided book group in the final session. The full course outline can be found in the DOWNLOADS section.

Dates: Wednesday 27 September to Wednesday 1 November, 7pm – 9pm every week
Fee: £150   

Places are limited. Early booking is recommended.

If you would like to ask any questions about the content or suitability of the course before signing up, please contact Sassy Holmes on

How to book
Online booking is available. If you would prefer to book by telephone please contact the Bookings Team on 01535 640192 or email to request a callback.

Support with fees
As part of our commitment to increasing participation in our activities, we are able to offer the option to pay by instalments:

•    50% deposit of £75 payable on reservation, refundable until mid-August
•    Full balance of £75 to be paid by Monday 4th September 2023

To discuss payment in instalments please contact Diane or Michelle on 01535 640192 or email

We are pleased to be able to offer 2 full bursary places for this course. Bursaries are available to students in higher education. 
We ask anyone applying to answer the following question and send them to ;
- Where are you based?
- How would this course benefit you? (300 words max)
For transparency, bursary places are open to any students in higher education, however our selection criteria will also take into account proximity to the museum.


About Dr Sam Hirst

Dr Sam Hirst is a lecturer and research fellow, specialising in the literature and the Gothic. Their research interest is on the Early Gothic (1764 - 1833) and the Queer Gothic to the present day. Sam focuses on literature and theology, women's writing and the long eighteenth centuries predominantly.
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