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Call Me Watkins

A podcast about English literature texts for senior high students.

I am a teacher of senior English and Literature in Melbourne, Australia but have also taught at schools in New South Wales and in Oxford in the UK. If you're wondering about the title of the podcast, it's a reference to my name, Mrs Watkins and what many regard as the best opening line to a book: "Call me Ishmael" from Herman Melville's "Moby Dick".

Mar 23, 2019

The creature demands a companion from his creator. What persuades Victor to make another of his species? Who does Shelley want us to feel sympathy for, the creature or the creator? 

Mar 21, 2019

The monster enraged after being rejected by the De Lacy family, and attacked for saving a drowning child, seeks revenge through murder. Is his violence justified? 

Mar 20, 2019

The creature learns about the world by reading; Goethe's The Sorrows of Werther, Plutarch's Lives and Milton's Paradise Lost

Mar 19, 2019

The creature learns about how humans organise their society. He judges the values of man as unjust and evil.