Gothic Fiction and the Divided Self | Newberry

Gothic Fiction and the Divided Self

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Jules Law, Northwestern University
Full. Waitlist only.
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

In this seminar we will discuss two classic works of gothic fiction, both of which explore the problem of the divided self: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Or, the Myth of the Modern Prometheus and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Whether in the guise of monster, rival, uncanny double, or repressed desire, the fantasy of an “other” self lies at the heart of some of our most archetypal narratives, and some of our deepest ethical, psychological and political dilemmas. These two texts notoriously-and schematically-represent “aspects” of the self that seem diametrically opposed to each other. But by that very fact they also present opportunities for us to consider the ways in which antagonistic binaries are complicated by intermediate characters and by criss-crossing plots. We will use these texts to “deconstruct” the comfortable binaries of nature/nurture, normal/monstrous, inside/outside, and self/other.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.