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Another Look Presents: Robert Louis Stevenson’s "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

Stanford’s Another Look book season, co-sponsored by the Humanities Center continues with Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The discussion will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, at the Bechtel Conference Center in Encina Hall (see here for directions).

Stevenson’s short 1885 novel is universally known but little read today—an important reason why it needs “another look.” Vladimir Nabokov called it “a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction.” The Russian author compared it to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary or Gogol’s Dead Souls

Stevenson’s dark vision had come to him in a dream—as it had for Mary Shelley, who went on to write, a book that Another Look featured in 2018. Both works share a fascination with the limits of science, medicine, and technology on our humanity.  

Acclaimed author Robert Pogue Harrison will moderate the discussion. The Stanford professor, who is Another Look’s director, writes regularly for The New York Review of Books and hosts the popular talk show, Entitled Opinions. He will be joined by eminent novelist Tobias Wolff, founding director of Another Look and a National Medal of Arts winner, and Ana Ilievska, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Stanford Humanities Center and a lecturer in Stanford’s Department of French and Italian. 

The event marks Another Look's first in-person event since the beginning of COVID in 2020. The occasion will also be offered virtually for those who cannot attend on the Stanford campus. Stay tuned for details.

Another Look is sponsored by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Continuing Studies, and the Stanford Humanities Center.



Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 07:00PM


Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center 616 Jane Stanford Way, and online


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