Gilbert vodcast on how the psycho-geography of Edinburgh influenced Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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I think I'm getting a bit better at making these videos now. I produced this video for my GCSE pupils who have not been to Edinburgh but really need to know how the city influenced the writing of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for their English Literature exam. Robert Louis Stevenson had a love-hate relationship with the city; Edinburgh's polarities of the Old and New Town, of the very religious and the deeply sinful, of the scientific and the superstitious, profoundly inform the pages of his most successful novella.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRxC5ETN8Zc

 

As always comments welcome, although I hope this one won't merit a Toby Young rant in the Telegraph as did my previous effort on modernising Shakespeare. Admittedly, the quality of my video wasn't great, but I still feel the points I made were valid and enduring ones.
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Nigel Ford's picture
Thu, 12/05/2011 - 11:09

Francis, as you were in Edinburgh you could have done a video about how the city performs an important backdrop to the Rebus novels by Ian Rankin, are these books on the GCSE syllabus yet? I find them a better read than the novels by Peter James set in Brighton which are a similar genre.

Mr Keeper's picture
Fri, 24/06/2011 - 08:03

Burke and Hare were graverobbers?

Back to the history books...

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