Stevenson’s star, long in eclipse, still shines brightly in one of the most famous characters in literature. We’ll examine the story which many people only think they know—the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—and appreciate its richness, ambiguity, and historical milieu. We will also read a few related short stories and consider “The Double” in late nineteenth-century literature. Required text: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories, Robert Lewis Stevenson, ISBN:1593081316. Cost: $4.95 (new), from $0.01 (used).
Doug Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) has taught college English courses in his native Michigan as well as in Missouri, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Turkey and China.