Seminar: The Two Marys - Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

Ref: C3744433

An illustrated talk with dramatic readings about two remarkable women - Mary Wollstonecraft, writer and feminist, and her daughter Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. The story of their lives in the context of the Age of Enlightenment and the romantic era is truly astonishing, particularly with reference to the upheaval and turbulence of the French Revolution.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To tell the story of the life and times of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • have knowledge and understanding relating to the lives of these two women
  • appreciate the significance of social and historical context - that is the effect that the cultural and political climate, together with national and international events, can have on individual lives and individual experience and achievement
  • through the images shown have a vivid sense of the individuals involved and the times they lived in - this particularly applying to the french Revolution

How will I be taught?

  • This is a talk with many illustrations, supplemented by dramatic readings from two actors

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • not applicable. I'm sure there will be time for informal discussion after the lecture

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing required

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Nothing is required except an interest in this era.

What can I do next?

  • Further reading and research, attending talks/courses on the subjects involved

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Seminar: The Two Marys - Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley


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