The panel discusses chapters 12-14, comprising a series of false endings both literal and metaphorical, with attention given to how Stoker’s overall plot structure is replicated within individual episodes, and to the combination of faith and science.
The panel welcomes guest expert Dr. Madeline Potter to discuss chapters 5–11, comprising the letters and journals of Mina Murray, Lucy Westenra, and Dr. Seward, and their observations tragic and fantastical, from giant bats to bug-eating maniacs.
The panel discusses the first four chapters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with attention given to the history of the author and the text, the epistolary and gothic form of the novel in its Romantic context, and the narrative development of tension.
The panel reads five poems from Hebrew Melodies, a cycle of poems by Lord Byron originally set to music by Isaac Nathan, including one of Byron’s most-anthologised works, “She Walks in Beauty,” and a companion piece to “The Destruction of Sennacherib”.
The panel discusses the two scenes of the final act of Hamlet, with attention to the text’s focus on death, the mirroring of Hamlet with Fortinbras and Laertes, Horatio’s constant companionship, Ophelia’s burial, and the ultimate defeat of Claudius.
The panel discusses seven scenes, with attention to Ophelia’s innocence and madness, Laertes’ hot-blooded response to the death of his father, Claudius’ failure to demonstrate the wisdom and prudence of a good king, and Hamlet’s apparent inscrutability.
The panel reads Act III of Hamlet with attention to Hamlet’s feigned (or semi-feigned) madness, his suicidal or existentially fatalistic attitude, and the instability and even fatal measure of his interactions with Ophelia, Polonius, and Queen Gertrude.
The panel begins with a brief exercise in parsing Shakespearean prose, followed by a reading of Act II’s scenes, with attention to Polonius’ ambitious scheming, and Hamlet’s feigned (or genuine?) madness with his friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
The panel reads the first act of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, providing an overview of the action and the textual history, with selected readings from within the five scenes paying particular attention to puns, irony, and the mirroring of characters.
The panel discusses the concluding volume of Frankenstein, beginning with Victor’s narration of his series of personal tragedies and ending with Captain Walton’s letter describing the death of Victor and the monster’s final, vengeful resolve.
The panel discusses the second volume of Frankenstein (chapters 8–16) focusing on the moral qualities of Victor Frankenstein and of his creature, their connexion to Paradise Lost, and the dangerous results of mankind usurping the creative place of God.
Madeline Potter joins the panel to begin a three-week reading of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein, with this week’s discussion attending to the multiple frames of the narrative and the web of tension between pride, creation, and human endeavour.