literature · Other stuff · Walking

Frankenstein, urban walking and the uncanny.

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.

literature · Walking

Frankenstein: walking with mind and with body

(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

literature · Other stuff · Walking

The sensation of walking: a preface to observations on Walking in Frankenstein…

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…

AQA · Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde · literature · Teaching Ideas

Because – but – so: thinking about Jekyll, Hyde and the human condition.

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.

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Post script to “The Flaneur in Jekyll and Hyde”: uncanny homes

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