On the very apt date of 31st October, Mrs Cleary and Miss Choudhary took 25 year 10 pupils to the University of Manchester for an afternoon of lectures on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The students are studying this text as part of their GCSE literature examination.
The University was holding these talks, not just because it was Halloween but also to celebrate the 200th year anniversary of the publication of this iconic novel.
The first lecture, delivered by Dr Douglas Clark was on: Imitation and the Myth of Prometheus. Dr Clark examined the literature that Shelley drew on in her writing; he discussed in detail, how the monster is ‘cobbled together from our literary heritage.’ The second lecture was Frankenstein’s Legacy and was delivered by Dr Ingrid Hanson. She referred to how authors since Shelley, have used her novel to inform their own writing. She looked in particularly detail at Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel Mary Barton.
These were lectures of a very high level, with all the other students present being A level students. However, our pupils coped admirably and their behaviour was impeccable. In the subsequent class lesson, Mrs Cleary was very impressed by how much they had understood and taken away from the day. They are a credit to the school!
Many thanks also to Miss Choudhary for her help and support.