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Finding Dr Frankenstein

3 December 2019

Year 12 English Literature students have attended a series of high profile lectures to supplement their study of Gothic masterpiece Frankenstein.

Taking place in London, these high profile and challenging talks on Mary Shelley’s acclaimed novel were delivered by university lecturers and senior examiners. Topics under discussion included the cultural and political context of the book, the relationship between Frankenstein and his Creature, and Shelley’s narrative techniques.

All Westminster City School students thought the day useful, as Dean explains: “I found the trip extremely valuable in expanding my knowledge of Frankenstein, as well as my own personal interest in the novel.”

Accompanying our sixth formers was  one of our English teachers, Mr Douglas. He said: “Our students should be commended for their thoughtful lines of inquiry, which ensured a productive day was had by all. The class will now begin their study of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, where they must forge comparisons between the two novels.”

Frankenstein, written by English author Mary Shelley, was first published in 1818. The novel has strongly influenced popular culture, inspiring films, television programmes, video games and more, with the character of Frankenstein’s monster remaining one of the most recognised in horror fiction.

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