Carlos and I are enjoying conversations about how to rein inFrankensteinfor a one-hour discussion. Wish us luck!
To that end, we'd be glad to hear from any of you who are teaching or have taught the full novel. Challenges? Victories? Surprises?
Since we intend to do a close read, we hope you'll consider this FRQ ahead of time.
The following question refers to paragraphs 107-109 of Mary Shelley'sFrankenstein, published in 1818. In this passage, Victor Frankenstein recounts how his research led to the discovery of reanimating the dead. Read the passage carefully. Then, in a well-written essay, analyze how Shelley uses literary elements and techniques to convey Frankenstein's complex attitude toward his discovery." (on page 1211 of Lit3e)
We also hope to discuss the "Texts in Context" sections of each thematic chapter. To that end --if you have time-- please take a look at the TiC "Frankenstein and the Ethics of Creation" (starting on p. 1213). We'd like to hear your responses to the question of whether the two nonfiction or the fiction/visual texts provide more insight into the meaning of this novel in the 21st century (#4 on pl. 1231).
We're very mindful of the multiple demands on your time, so please accept these as suggestions for you to consider -- with no expectation to post responses unless you're in the mood.