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4. Chapter 1 – Utterson and Enfield (pp. 6-7)
About this Lecture
In this module, we go through the middle part of the first chapter of the novel – as Mr Utterson and Mr Enfield take their usual Sunday walk round the streets of London. In particular, we think about: (i) the description of the “sinister” house; (ii) Stevenson’s precision with time and place (“Two doors from one corner, on the left hand going east …”); and (iii) the fact it is Mr Enfield telling the story, not the narrator.
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 1 – Utterson and Enfield (pp. 6-7) [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/stevenson-dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde-mcrae/chapter-1-utterson-and-enfield-pp-6-7
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