Who is your neighbor, really? What about your coworker, your classmate, your doctor. . . ? You trust each of them with some important part of your life— but how well do you know them as people? What are they concealing from public view? And which would be worse--seeing something that you never could have imagined...or seeing something that you recognize in yourself? These are the fears and anxieties that drove Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and they still resonate with us today.
In the Internet age, our lives are more public—and more easily fabricated—than ever before, and we navigate this strange new public sphere with the ever-present fear that someone we know might actually be a predator in disguise. Stevenson's Victorian readers felt the same way in 1886, as city populations soared, and crime with it. Today we remember Jekyll & Hyde for its story about a strange potion and a dual personality, but its real legacy is something that we carry with us day-to-day.
In this workshop, expert Joseph Otero will unpack that cultural legacy, and work layer-by-layer through Stevenson's snapshot of the Victorian psyche.
*Pre-reading the book is NOT required to take this workshop.
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The lecture (about 1 hour long) and discussion (about 30 minutes long) were both fantastic. As someone whose exposure to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde comes entirely through cultural osmosis, the lecture nonetheless provided enough cultural background and engagement with the text to begin forming my own opinions and filling in gaps I hadn’t realized were there. I imagine for the reader already familiar with the original text, it provides even more insight. The discussion with the instructor afterwards gives you the chance to interrogate both the text and the ideas of the lecture further. It was a very enjoyable evening.