Really push your pupils! BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time. BAFTA winner Melvyn Bragg, Prof. Karen O’Brien, Prof. Jane Thomas, and Prof. Michael Rossington discuss the context, mechanics, meaning and legacy of the novel. 36 questions for the 50-minute programme, covering: Mary’s parents, education, social context, elopement, The Summer Of No Light, the inception of her novel; a synopsis; the 1818 edition, preface and reviews; P Shelley’s annotations of the manuscript; Paradise Lost, remorse, Prometheus; human vs God as creator, man vs woman as creator; Rousseau; nature vs nurture, exclusion; the framing device of Walton’s letters; changes to the 1831 edition, preface; adaptations on stage and screen; legacy – Great Expectations, Jayne Ayre, Jekyll and Hyde, Dorian Gray, Wuthering Heights, Blade Runner; time, anachronistic quotations within the novel. A very stimulating discussion will really get your pupils thinking. Perfect for more able students. Very easily done at home, very easy to mark. .doc and .pdf of question-sheet, answer sheet (.txt file, doesn’t show up on TES preview properly).
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