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Year 12 Frankenstein Masterclass

Year 12 English students were lucky enough to have a guest speaker visit school on 15 May to give a Gothic Masterclass on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Amanda Blake Davis, a PhD researcher at the University of Sheffield led the session, introducing Frankenstein, Mary Shelley and discussing the Gothic genre.

Ms Napier said, “It was absolutely fascinating and has set our students up well for beginning their study of this hugely influential text.”

The students found the masterclass interesting and informative, and it gave them a taster of what studying English Literature is like at university.

Reflecting on the seminar the Year 12 students said:
“It improved my contextual knowledge of the text and Mary Shelley, and also of the genres and conventions of the time and the novel”
“It has provided lots of background information on the book”
“I learnt about the context behind Frankenstein and the session challenged my initial perceptions of the story”
“I found the lecture/session very informative as well as insightful on the gothic era and the author’s take on this genre. I really enjoyed the style of book I will be studying”
“I feel the type of lecture helped me understand the kind of lectures I would be attending at university”
“It was a helpful introduction to the context and the relevant themes within the novel”.

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