The Endurance of Frankenstein

Essays on Mary Shelley's Novel

Author: George Lewis Levine,U. C. Knoepflmacher

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520046405

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 341

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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.
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Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus

The 1818 Text

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226752273

Category: Fiction

Page: 287

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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
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Frankenstein

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438115040

Category: Creation in literature

Page: 264

View: 4785

Presents a collection of writings exploring the characters from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
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The Frankenstein Film Sourcebook

Author: Caroline Joan Picart,Frank Smoot,Jayne Blodgett

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313313509

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 346

View: 7882

A compilation of primary and secondary information on the numerous and multifarious film incarnations of the Frankenstein narrative, ranging across horror, comedy, science fiction, pornography, and animation.
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The Other Mary Shelley

Beyond Frankenstein

Author: Audrey Fisch,Anne K. Mellor,Esther H. Schor

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195360233

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Although Frankenstein is now widely taught in classes on Romanticism, little attention has been paid to the considerable corpus of Mary Shelley's other works. Indeed the excitement of the last decade at feminist approaches to Frankenstein has ironically obscured the persona of its author. This collection of essays, written by a preeminent group of Romantic scholars, sketches a portrait of the "other Mary Shelley": the writer and intellectual who recognized the turbulent interplay among issues of family, gender, and society, and whose writings resonate strongly in the setting of contemporary politics, culture, and feminism. By analyzing a previously neglected body of novels, novellas, reviews, travel writing, essays, letters, biographies, and tales, and by emphasizing Mary Shelley's shrewd assessment of Romanticism, the essays in this volume offer a ground-breaking evaluation of one of the foremost cultural critics of the nineteenth century.
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Frankenstein Oder Der Moderne Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781539531197

Category:

Page: N.A

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Grossdruck "Frankenstein" erzahlt die Geschichte des jungen Schweizers Viktor Frankenstein, der an der damals beruhmten Universitat Ingolstadt einen kunstlichen Menschen erschafft. Die Handlung wird durch eine Mischung aus Briefroman und klassischer Ich-Erzahlsituation vermittelt. Viktor Frankenstein erzahlt dem Leiter einer Forschungsexpedition, zugleich Eigner des Schiffes, das ihn in der Arktis rettet, seine Geschichte. Der Roman wird so zu einem Lehrstuck, gibt Frankenstein doch deutlich zu verstehen, dass seine Erzahlung auch eine Warnung an den Zuhorer und damit auch die Leser sein soll: Er warnt vor einer entgrenzten menschlichen Vernunft, die sich selbst zu Gott macht und sich anmasst, lebendige Materie zu schaffen. Die Figur des Viktor Frankenstein ahnelt damit sowohl dem 'literarischen' Faust als auch dem Prometheus aus der griechischen Mythologie. Weitere Klassiker unter: www.buch-klassiker.de"
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Frankenstein, Creation and Monstrosity

Author: Stephen Bann

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9780948462603

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

View: 2014

Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.
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Lacework or Mirror? Diary Poetics of Frances Burney, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley

Author: Magdalena Ożarska

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443855731

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 335

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Lacework or Mirror? Diary Poetics of Frances Burney, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley sets out to determine whether each of the diaries by three female writers – namely, Frances Burney, Dorothy Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley – approximates the Philippe-Lejeunean concept of the diary as lacework or the more sweeping view, typical of the broadly conceived autobiography, which Georges Gusdorf famously likened to the mirror. The author explores Burney’s, Wordsworth’s and Shelley’s attempts at concealing the gaps between their narrating and narrated ‘I’s, as well as examining their diary lacunae, especially helpful for illustrating the gradual emergence of the diarists’ individual selves. Broader issues, connected with diary poetics, such as the use of metaphors and symbols, the degree of reliance on dialogue and ensuing narrativity, down to handling the past by means of anachronous eccentricities, are also subject to examination. The study is based on the assumption that the journal is a literary genre, which can be investigated with tools routinely used for the examination of literary texts. Yet, beyond the issues of literariness, in accordance with Philippe Lejeune’s dictum, the three journals reveal the writers’ diaristic practices. In fact, it seems that issues of the journal genre and the journal practice cannot be divorced, and neither can their lacework and mirror aspects.
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Reproducing Enlightenment: Paradoxes in the Life of the Body Politic

Literature and Philosophy around 1800

Author: Diana K. Reese

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110217457

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 195

View: 1817

Written at the crossroads of aesthetics and politics, Reproducing Enlightenment: Paradoxes of the Body Politic interrogates the abstraction of the bearer of rights in Enlightenment thought by exploring contradictions between reproductive labor and political representation in the ideal of democratic citizenship. Drawing parallels between new definitions of biological form in Kant’s Critique of Judgment and his popular writings on Enlightenment, Reese’s study reveals connections between naturalist inquiry and the political category of self-evidence around the turn of the 19th century. Pursuing this connection into Weimar-Classical era aesthetics, Reese’s scholarship sets the backdrop against which she proposes to read the formal literary innovations of Mary Shelley and Heinrich von Kleist. The careful comparison of textual compositions by Shelley and Kleist shows how these two authors refuse organicist metaphor and excavate the paradoxes of Enlightenment attempts to theorize the equality of a disembodied subject. Reproducing Enlightenment traces two anti-classical poetics that arc beyond the concept of juridical and biological self-evidence to touch the dialectics and dilemmas of recognition at the foundation of social being.
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Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476788081

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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A timeless, terrifying tale of one man’s obsession to create life—and the monster that became his legacy. Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of devoted science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life, and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts; but upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Dr. Frankenstein. Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science-fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation, genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.
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Frankenstein - Start Publishing

Author: Mary Shelley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1625586159

Category: Fiction

Page: 205

View: 9713

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein. Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation, genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.
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Romantic Literature and Postcolonial Studies

Author: Elizabeth A Bohls

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748678751

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 2756

This book examines the relationship between Romantic writing and the rapidly expanding British Empire.
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791093581

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 150

View: 6091

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.
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Rousseau, Robespierre and English Romanticism

Author: Gregory Dart

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139426015

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This book re-opens the question of Rousseau's influence on the French Revolution and on English Romanticism, by examining the relationship between his confessional writings and his political theory. Gregory Dart argues that by looking at the way in which Rousseau's writings were mediated by the speeches and actions of the French Jacobin statesman Maximilien Robespierre, we can gain a clearer and more concrete sense of the legacy he left to English writers. He shows how the writings of William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth and William Hazlitt rehearse and reflect upon the Jacobin tradition in the aftermath of the French revolutionary Terror.
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Dickens's Great Expectations

Misnar's Pavilion versus Cinderella

Author: Jerome Meckier

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813159148

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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Dickens scholar Jerome Meckier's acclaimed Hidden Rivalries in Victorian Fiction examined fierce literary competition between leading novelists who tried to establish their credentials as realists by rewriting Dickens's novels. Here, Meckier argues that in Great Expectations, Dickens not only updated David Copperfield but also rewrote novels by Lever, Thackeray, Collins, Shelley, and Charlotte and Emily Brontë. He periodically revised his competitors' themes, characters, and incidents to discredit their novels as unrealistic fairy tales imbued with Cinderella motifs. Dickens darkened his fairy tale perspective by replacing Cinderella with the story of Misnar's collapsible pavilion from The Tales of the Genii (a popular, pseudo-oriental collection). The Misnar analogue supplied a corrective for the era's Cinderella complex, a warning to both Haves and Have-nots, and a basis for Dickens's tragicomic view of the world.
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English novel explication

Supplement

Author: Peter L. Abernethy,Christian J. W. Kloesel,Jeffrey R. Smitten

Publisher: Shoe String Pr Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

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For over twenty-five years, the English Novel Explication series has been providing students and teachers of literature and reference librarians with a thorough, easy-to-use reference to interpretations of works by novelists from the United Kingdom. The explications cited in these volumes are interpretations of the significance and the meaning of the novels, and can range from discussions of theme, imagery, or symbolism to diction or structure. All critical stances, including post-structuralist, deconstructionist, and semiotic, are included. Quick access to the material is provided via integrated author/title indexes. Organization is alphabetical by novelist, with authors followed by an alphabetical list of their works and dates of publication. Explications are cited by last name of author, and include title and page references, while a complete list of books and periodicals indexed follows the text.
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Small Crimes

Author: Dave Zeltserman

Publisher: Pulp Master

ISBN: 3927734845

Category: Fiction

Page: 337

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Cop Joe Denton wird auf Bewährung entlassen. Sieben Jahre zuvor verletzte er den Bezirksstaatsanwalt der Kleinstadt Bradley schwer und verübte einen Brandanschlag auf dessen Büro. Damals nahm Joe alle Schuld auf sich und deckte den korrupten Polizeiapparat. Inzwischen jedoch liegt der örtliche Mafiaboss Manny Vassey mit Krebs im Endstadium auf Intensiv und der einst attackierte Staatsanwalt versucht seit Wochen, Vassey ins Gewissen zu reden und ihn zu einem umfassenden Geständnis zu bewegen. Das würde weitere zehn bis zwanzig Jahre Knast für Denton bedeuten, etliche andere Beamte ebenfalls belasten und die Cops mit dem Rotlichtmilieu in Verbindung bringen ... Der nihilistische Thriller von Dave Z. steht in der Tradition Jim Thompsons und James M.Cains und entwirft das Bild eines desillusionierten Kriminellen, dem allmählich dämmert, dass er alles nur noch verschlimmbessert. Die Verfilmung von Evan Katz wird weltweit auf Netflix ausgestrahlt, mit Nikolaj Coster-Waldau als Joe Denton.
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