Lesson 1 (from Section 1: Introduction and Chapter 1)
Section 1: Introduction and Chapter 1
"The Italian" was published in England in 1797. It was the last of Radcliffe's books to be published during her lifetime and is one of the most famous examples of Gothic fiction in the English language. This lesson will focus on the reception of the novel and its place in history.
1) Individual Presentations: Have students research the reception of the novel and its place in history. Have them take notes and prepare a short presentation. Have students present their findings about the reception of the novel and its place in history to the class in under five minutes. Keep notes on the chalkboard.
2) Class Discussion: What findings were the same? Which were different? Why was the novel received in this way? How did other authors view this novel? What did Radcliffe think of this novel? What do the different editions of "The...
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