From Shakespeare to Frankenstein… all in a week’s work for Literature students
A-Level literature students have been (happily!) inundated by Shakespeare over the course of the past week. This started with their attendance at the ETT’s production of ‘Othello’ at Northern Stage. Captivated by the plight of “one who loved not wisely but too well”, students enjoyed a contemporary re-envisioning of the eponymous tragedy. Later in the week, the RSC’s live stream of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ provided further opportunities for insight into Shakespearean archetypes and themes of romantic love. Both lively and diverse productions were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
A group of eager Year 12 literature students attended a lecture at Newcastle University delivered by Fiona Sampson, author of ‘In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl who wrote Frankenstein’. The poet and academic explored some of the early influences on the writer’s life and emphasised the incredibly young age of 19 at which she penned her seminal text. The event celebrated the 200th anniversary of one of English literature’s most influential Gothic writers.