England’s First Family of Writers: The Godwins and the Shelleys

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Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154512 England’s First Family of Writers: The Godwins and the Shelleys - Blockseminar 2 PS
  • 30.07.18 - 03.08.18
    • 10:00 - 16:00
R. 3.306 Möllers

Course Description

This seminar will be held as a block seminar, most likely at the start of the semester break in July. Specific dates will be agreed upon with the participants. A preliminary meeting will be held in June.

When a radical political writer and one of the first advocates for women’s rights marry despite their principles and engage in an all-consuming love, their offspring is bound to be extraordinary – or extraordinarily burdened?
Born into complex family relations and a network of psychological challenges, 19-year old Mary Shelley creates her literary masterpiece Frankenstein, the novel which celebrates its 200th birthday in 2018 and upholds its thematic relevance to this day.
This course will examine Frankenstein closely and trace Shelley’s family background and relationships as contributing factors to the novel’s creation, with a disillusioned father’s plea for domestic affections, her dead mother’s haunting presence and terrible suicides at the centre. Ultimately, we will aim to answer the pressing question of ‘How far is too far?’ – on both the scientific and psychological level.

Course Requirements

  • Active participation, creative display, reflective essay (depending on CP needed)

Reading List

  • Edmundson, Helen. Mary Shelley. London, Nick Hern Books Limited, 2012. ISBN: 978-1848422575 (also available via the Emil-Figge-Library).
  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York, W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. ISBN: 978-0393927931.


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 1e
  • GyGe: 1e
  • SP1. Fach: 1e
  • SP2. Fach: 1e
  • BK: 1e
LABG 2009:
  • G: 601
  • HRG: 403
  • GyGe/BK: 403
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LABG 2016:
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  • HRSGe: 403
  • GyGe/BK: 403
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