A Contemplation of ‘Mood’ Whenever I think of the ‘mood’ of a text, I am reminded of The Fall of the House of Usher, for Edgar Allan Poe’s claustrophobic tale of premature burial, catatonic states, enervation, ennui, despair, and emotional as well as architectural decay, possesses a mood so utterly desolate that it is as… Continue reading Mood as a key concept in English: part one of three
I”ve put together a lesson on Act 5 Scene 1 here: https://1drv.ms/p/s!AnpvBTL12aDNgT6ghlRfeehaehA4 It goes with the previous blogs on walking and Shakespeare. Lockdown Walking in Macbeth Walking and Shakespeare Walking and Macbeth
In the last blog, I wrote about the connections between walking and nature in Frankenstein. On the one hand, there are the rational, Romantic imaginations of Victor and Clerval who observe and document the landscape to present it to the reader as if they were viewing the scene through a cinema screen; on the other… Continue reading Frankenstein, urban walking and the uncanny.
(Bibliothèque de Genève) In the last blog, I wrote about the ‘walking continuum’ on which we can position the variety of perambulatory experiences described in literature. At the one end of this continuum is the purely observational walk: the walk that acts as a sort of mobile camera through which readers can see through the… Continue reading Frankenstein: walking with mind and with body
In the last blog, I discussed the links between walking and death in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This was the first in a series of blogs examining walking in the novel, and I want to move on to how, in the novel, Mary Shelley is able to shift between walking as observational and as experience. Before… Continue reading The sensation of walking: a preface to observations on Walking in Frankenstein…
Some thoughts on walking in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein For many of us, the moment is seared into our cultural memory: a door opens in a darkened, stone-walled cell, its aperture filled with the frame of something huge that walks, unsteadily, and backwards, across its threshold towards us. Whilst its face is hidden, there is no… Continue reading Walking with Frankenstein
I’ve been reading ‘The Writing Revolution’ by Judith C. Hochman and Natalie Wexler (2017) and early on in that book, the authors refer to the simple technique of using the ‘because-but-so’ sequence to help structure pupils’ thinking and responses. Given a sentence stem (i.e. ‘Cars are convenient’), students are then asked to complete the stem… Continue reading Because – but – so: thinking about Jekyll, Hyde and the human condition.
Michel de Certeau is one of the foremost thinkers on everyday space. In an essay on walking written in 1984, (to be found in his book ‘The Practice of Everyday Life’) he wrote that walking is very much akin to a speech act, and that stories begin at ground level with footsteps. This is rather… Continue reading Post script to “The Flaneur in Jekyll and Hyde”: uncanny homes
Hi Y11 Here are the revision posters for Macbeth you wanted to me to put on the blog. I’ve also tidied up the notes we made in class:
Hi Year 11 Here are the Macbeth plans you produced in our revision session today. We responded to these two questions: Macbeth’s ‘cannot taint with fear’ suggests fear is something that physically affects you (also perhaps “I have forgotten the taste of fear”). Fear is both intangible – cannot be grasped – (Banquo, for example… Continue reading Y11: Macbeth revision posters