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A podcast to keep reading literature in English during the covid-19 crisis.

Cover Art : Anna Parini’s “A New Leaf” (New Yorker cover from 2019)

English literature at home Alice Hammel

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A podcast to keep reading literature in English during the covid-19 crisis.

Cover Art : Anna Parini’s “A New Leaf” (New Yorker cover from 2019)

    Reactions to Frankenstein

    Reactions to Frankenstein

    Your reactions to Dany Boyle’s theatre adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

    • 8 min
    "Three Months Later" by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz + this week's assignment

    "Three Months Later" by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz + this week's assignment

    Watch the video for the poem here and the interview with Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz here.

    For next week, watch the National Theatre's adaptation of Frankenstein and send your reaction to it.


    Did you enjoy it?
    Do you think it was a good adaptation? (based on what you know about the novel)
    Why do you think they chose to have the two actors play both roles?
    Have you seen anything like this play in the theatre?
    Did it make you want to go to the theatre after the lockdown?
    What do you think of the National Theatre's initiative of putting complete plays for free on Youtube?
    or anything else you'd like to talk about!

    • 9 min
    Short stories

    Short stories

    Your reactions to short stories + this week's assignment: reading/listening to poetry.

    Read the short stories presented by your classmates:


    "Runaway" by Alice Munro
    "Sweetness" by Toni Morrisson
    "The Daughters of the Moon" by italo Calvino

    Thanks to Mariam, Kassy and Mathilde for their recordings, I hope to get more next week!

    This week's illustrated poems are at this address.

    Listen to the full podcast for more details.

    • 7 min
    Short story - instructions and example

    Short story - instructions and example

    A very short episode just to explain what to do in our first week back.

    Choose a short story to read in one of these two articles:


    18 Great Short Stories You Can Read Free Online
    Best Short Stories and Collections Everyone Should Read 

    The story I read was "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin (1894).

    • 6 min

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