Unit 3: Texts and Genres

Please read this glossary carefully, and aim to use the key terms and concepts as you begin to write your first essay.




Have a look at the summary of the Tristan and Isolde story.


Now listen to the Liebestod. What emotions are conveyed?


Stretch yourselves! These clips from expert academics will give you a sophisticated understanding of key elements of Gothic literature:

Elements of the Gothic – English and Media Centre

What connections can you make between this article and The Bloody Chamber?

Have a look at this article on The Bloody Chamber in The Guardian. Why do you think Carter is still being written about today?

Home Learning: Please us the EMC short clips to make detailed notes under the following headings:

Horror and Terror


The Sublime

Forbidden Knowledge;

Life and Death;

The Satanic;

The Past and Inheritance;





Pre-lesson questions on “The Lady of the House of Love”

  1. What are the Gothic elements on p1?
  2. How is the Lady characterised in the opening 2 pages of the short story?
  3. How is the young man characterised on p12?
  4. What is the symbolism of the rose in this story?
  5. How does the story present a contrast between the rational and illogical?


Preparation Questions, Due Thursday 5th November.

Please annotate your novels, or take notes on paper, in response to these questions on Chapters I-V. We will be sharing our interpretations on Thursday.

  • How is family life presented (including female characters)?
  • What is Shelley suggesting when she tells us that Elizabeth’s “hair was the brightest living gold…a crown of distinction on her head”?
  • What is suggested when Frankenstein states “the world was to me a secret which I desired to divine” and “it was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn”? What other language around knowledge can you find?
  • What is the thematic importance of the death of Frankenstein’s mother?
  • Do we learn anything about Frankenstein’s sexuality in Chapter 3?
  • What is the significance of Frankenstein’s description of his two professors? (Chapter 3)
  • How is the relationship between man and nature presented in Chapter 3?
  • After hearing Waldman’s lecture, what is the significance of Frankenstein’s reaction? (p49)
  • How is Frankenstein’s experiment presented in Chapter 4 (I’m looking for more than one way)?
  • In Chapter IV, how is Frankenstein presented as the monster’s double?
  • What does Frankenstein’s reaction to his creation reveal? 


Read these 2 short texts, which will give you a sense of contemporary views about the roles of women:

The Angel in the House by Coventry Patmore

John Ruskin- Gender in the 19th Century



As promised, a link to some interesting material for you to watch on the Supernatural in Macbeth:



Another glossary of gothic terms – worth using as part of your revision:


BLOODY CHAMBER – Helen Simpson on Angela Carter:





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