Presentation on theme: "The Woman in Black is an EXAM text"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Woman in Black is an EXAM text We are reading it now so that you are familiar with itWe will revise it in Year 11We are going to create a Woman In Black folder which I will keepThe Woman In BlackLesson Objective: To be able to show understanding of the genre and background to the novel
3 Susan Hill“One evening I was browsing along my bookshelves trying to hit upon just the right thing to read when I came to The Turn of the Screw [by Henry James] and as I settled down to re-read it, I thought how much I had always admired it and how brilliantly James creates the atmosphere of the house called Bly in which it is set: out of the blue I thought ‘I wonder if I could write a ghost novel myself?’”Susan Hill
4 Ghost Story GenreIn what ways do you think the ‘Ghost Story’ is different to a ‘horror story’?Can you name any Ghost Stories?What are the traditions / conventions of a ghost story?
5 Pre-reading Literary Terms Gothic LiteratureGothic fiction (sometimes referred to as Gothic horror) is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. Gothic novels concentrate on extreme emotions, the thrills of fearfulness and awe and a quest for atmosphere. Frame NarrativeA frame story is a story within a story
6 What is Gothic?A polysemantic term as it is a term that can be applied to many thingsGothic = anything out of the ordinary???
7 What to look for in Gothic Literature A strange or exotic SettingA fascination for the pastFearThe eccentric and far-fetchedPsychological insightSuspenseNarrative framing
8 Create a front cover for your folder The title of the novelThe author’s nameAn image that you think will be relevant to the novelWords and phrases which are typical of ghost storiesPredictions about what the story will be about
9 The Woman in BlackLesson Objective: To begin to read and understand the plot of the novel
10 Pre-reading Activities Christmas EveA London ParticularThe Journey NorthThe Funeral of Mrs DrablowAcross the causewayThe Sound of a Pony and TrapMr Jerome is AfraidSpiderIn the NurseryWhistle and I’ll Come to YouA Packet of LettersThe Woman in BlackTasks:What do you think might happen in each chapter?Write a brief synopsis in no more then 10 wordsAs we read the novel, at the end of each chapter, remember to check whether your predictions were accurate!
11 Chapter 1 The narrator, Kipps, introduces himself to the reader He is now an old man and he prepares to tell us the story of his pastAs we read, try and identify references to his pastAre these references to the past positive or negative?How is Kipps preparing the reader for what is to come?