The Endurance Of Frankenstein

The Endurance of Frankenstein PDF Book Detail:
Author: George Levine
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520046405
Size: 57.62 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 341
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Book Description: MARY SHELLEY's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus grew out of a parlor game and a nightmare vision. The story of the book's origin is a famous one, first told in the introduction Mary Shelley wrote for the 1831 edition of the novel. The two Shelleys, Byron, Mary's stepsister Claire Clairmont, and John William Polidori (Byron's physician) spent a "wet, ungenial summer in the Swiss Alps." Byron suggested that "each write a ghost story." If one is to trust Mary Shelley's account (and James Rieger has shown the untrustworthiness of its chronology and particulars), only she and "poor Polidori" took the contest seriously. The two "illustrious poets," according to her, "annoyed by the platitude of prose, speedily relinquished their uncongenial task." Polidori, too, is made to seem careless, unable to handle his story of a "skull-headed lady." Though Mary Shelley is just as deprecating when she speaks of her own "tiresome unlucky ghost story," she also suggests that its sources went deeper. Her truant muse became active as soon as she fastened on the "idea" of "making only a transcript of the grim terrors of my waking dream": "'I have found it! What terrified me will terrify others."' The twelve essays in this collection attest to the endurance of Mary Shelley's "waking dream." Appropriately, though less romantically, this book also grew out of a playful conversation at a party. When several of the contributors to this book discovered that they were all closet aficionados of Mary Shelley's novel, they decided that a book might be written in which each contributor-contestant might try to account for the persistent hold that Frankenstein continues to exercise on the popular imagination. Within a few months, two films--Warhol's Frankenstein and Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein--and the Hall-Landau and Isherwood-Bachardy television versions of the novel appeared to remind us of our blunted purpose. These manifestations were an auspicious sign and resulted in the book Endurance of Frankenstein.

Frankenstein Or The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein  Or the Modern Prometheus PDF Book Detail:
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226752273
Size: 66.65 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 287
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Book Description: Mary Shelley's classic on man's blasphemous attempt to create life is accompanied by commentary on the author and the stylistic, thematic, and mythic aspects of the novel

Mary Shelley S Frankenstein

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein PDF Book Detail:
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 0791093581
Size: 63.92 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
Languages : en
Pages : 150
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Book Description: An overview of the work features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.

Mary Shelley S Frankenstein And Feminism

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein and Feminism PDF Book Detail:
Author: Sylvia Hadjetian
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638407683
Size: 39.51 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 10
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Book Description: Seminar paper from the year 2001 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of London (English Department), course: Women, Writing and Feminism, 6 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Mary W. Shelley wrote her novel Frankenstein in a time in which women were expected to stay at home, care fore the children and do the household. Men normally worked outside the home in the public sphere, the division of roles was very strict and men were valued over women . Science and research were domains exclusively for men. Although she was no scientist, her husband and several other scientists, e.g. Erasmus Darwin, influenced Mary Shelley. She has however somehow entered a male sphere, which was normally forbidden for her. This could perhaps be one of the reasons why she did not publish her novel herself but her husband Percy. Another reason for this could be that women writer had a bad reputation. Their works were normally regarded as bad because they did not have a good education . A woman writer was regarded as “unladylike” , she was expected to be “modest, chaste and docile” and an “angel” . The only duty of a woman was to be a good wife and especially a good mother, she was normally the only responsible for the education of the children because the men went to work and never participated in nurture. This essay will examine the role of each woman in Frankenstein in the 19th century, the importance of a mother for a child and the failure of Victor Frankenstein to create and nurture a child without a woman.


Frankenstein PDF Book Detail:
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438115040
Size: 30.51 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Creation in literature
Languages : en
Pages : 264
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Book Description: Presents a collection of writings exploring the characters from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Annoying The Victorians

Annoying the Victorians PDF Book Detail:
Author: James Kincaid
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317971175
Size: 75.55 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 284
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Book Description: What happens when bad criticism happens to good people? Annoying the Victorians sets the tradition of critical discourse and literary criticism on its ear, as well as a few other areas. James Kincaid brings his witty, erudite and thoroughly cynical self to the Victorians, and they will never read (or be read) quite the same.

Images Of Fear

Images of Fear PDF Book Detail:
Author: Martin Tropp
Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub
Size: 29.52 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Performing Arts
Languages : en
Pages : 235
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Book Description: On the Western Front in World War I, a generation faced a horrifying reality that ushered in the modern age. But in the previous century, many of the fears we still face were first given form in the pages of popular fiction. Books such as Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula became modern myths because they gave people a safe way to confront modern fears also taking shape at that time. By looking at such varied subjects as Victorian architecture, urban crime, women's rights, and the impact of new technology, we can come to understand the peculiar relationship between horror in literature and the horror of daily life. World War I made it clear that the images of horror in popular fiction had not been an escape from the world around us, but a way of seeing deeper into it, as well as revealing the shape of things to come.

Faces Of Anonymity

Faces of Anonymity PDF Book Detail:
Author: R. Griffin
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137111097
Size: 48.39 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 260
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Book Description: This pathbreaking collection of original essays surveys an important but neglected topic: anonymous publication in England for the Elizabethan age to the present. An impressive group of scholars analyzes a wide range of literary phenomena including: Shakespeare in 17th century commonplace books; the phrase 'By a Lady'; the implied author of an eighteenth century queer fiction; Bentley and the battle of books; essays by Equiano (?); the novel, 1750 - 1830; Frankenstein's unnamed monster; the co-authored pseudonym Michael Field; nineteenth century ghostwriting; and a postmodern hoax on national identity. The editor's introduction places the essays within the context of the historical trajectory of anonymous authorship. Essential reading for anyone interested in authorship and the history of the book.