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15. Chapter 9 – Dr Lanyon’s Narrative (pp. 48-54)
About this Lecture
In this module, we read through the ninth chapter of the novel, focusing in particular on: (i) the range of narratives and narrators in the novel – and the differing character of the final two narrations; (ii) the literary trope of having all the secret documents stuffed in a drawer; (iii) the similarities and differences between Dr Frankenstein (in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) and Dr Jekyll; (iv) the extent to which Stevenson had personal experience of drug (ab)use; and (v) the impact of Lanyon not telling us the full details of Jekyll/Hyde’s “moral turpitude”.
In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. In the first two modules, we provide a broad introduction to the social, historical, cultural context of the novel, focusing in particular on Stevenson’s life and career, his literary and cultural influences, and his own influence on later writers. In the seventeen modules that follow, we read through the novel chapter-by-chapter, providing close reading and analysis, including commentary on themes and motifs, the structure of the novel, its multiple narrators and narratives, significant objects (keys, doors, hands, mirrors, etc.), literary influences (Shakespeare, Marlowe, James Hogg, etc.), intellectual influences (Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud), important elements from Stevenson’s own life – and much, much more.
Note: Page numbers in these lectures refers to the Penguin Classics edition of the novel (‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror’, ed. Robert Mighall). Students using a different version of the novel may encounter slight differences in page numbering.
John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.
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McRae, J. (2020, October 22). Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Chapter 9 – Dr Lanyon’s Narrative (pp. 48-54) [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/stevenson-dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde-mcrae/chapter-9-dr-lanyon-s-narrative-pp-48-54
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