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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".

Feb 26, 2019

Victor Frankenstein finally begins his story. He focused on his parents and his childhood. This episode provides a summary of this chapter and an analysis. 

Feb 25, 2019

This episode begins my close analysis of the text, starting with Volume 1, the four letters Walton writes to his sister. These letters often confuse readers as they seem unrelated at first glance to the story of Frankenstein and the daemon. However, they have a purpose. Listen to find out more. 

Feb 21, 2019

This episode seeks to provide background information on the life of Mary Shelley, until the time she wrote 'Frankenstein or A Modern Prometheus'. It covers biographical information as well as the historical context of the novel. 

Feb 20, 2019

Frankenstein or A Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley was first released in 1818. This episode provides a brief outline of the plot and the narrative structure, as well as, a detailed analysis of the title page and the epigraph.