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Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

2. The Gothic

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In this module, we turn to the concept of the Gothic, thinking in particular about what the Gothic represented to Stevenson and his Victorian audience.


In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’. As we move through the course, we consider a number of topics including the novel’s interest in language and literature, the nature of the Gothic, the urban setting of the novel and its interest in criminology and forensics, the novel’s engagement with contemporary science and medicine, and the nature of Jekyll’s psychology.


Nick Groom is Professor of English Literature at the University of Exeter, a critically acclaimed author on subjects ranging from the history of the Union Jack to Thomas Chatterton, has edited several books and regularly appears on television, radio and at literary festivals as an authority on English Literature, the ‘Gothic’ and ‘British’ identity.

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Groom, N. (2018, August 15). Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - The Gothic [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Groom, N. "Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – The Gothic." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,