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Exploring the Gothic in 19th Century Literature

Posted By Tanja M. McGuffin- Jennings, 05 April 2019
I was asked by an English teacher on Wednesday to do a presentation /talk on Gothic Literature of the 19th Century (I studied it at university) as an overview for her fourth years focusing on Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, Dracula & Jekyll and Hyde. It took place yesterday. It included outlining Gothic themes and reading extracts from the selected texts. I put together a PowerPoint focusing on definition, location, psychology, central themes & a brief analysis of each of the texts. I also included movie clips and a look at Edgar Allan Poe. The response was positive so I was asked to reprise the talk at the end of the day for her 5th years and present it to classes next week also. It was great as all the enthusiasm I felt for the Gothic module at university came flooding back to me and I was able to share my insights with the students. They were particularly enthralled by Mary Shelley's story. They asked if it was real! I thought I would post about the talk as it is an example of how librarians can support teaching and learning. I'm also happy that following the presentation Poe and Wuthering Heights went straight out on loan.

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Kevin J. Sheehan says...
Posted 09 April 2019
Well done Tanja.  This sounds fantastic!
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