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Frankenstein

Frankenstein - 92 edition

Frankenstein - 92 edition

ISBN13: 9780312044695

ISBN10: 0312044690

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - ISBN 9780312044695
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 92
Copyright: 1992
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 1992
International: No
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - ISBN 9780312044695

ISBN13: 9780312044695

ISBN10: 0312044690

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 92

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Summary

Frankenstein was Mary Shelley's immensely powerful contribution to the ghost stories which she, Percy Shelley, and Byron devised one wet summer in Switzerland. Its protagonist is a young student of natural philosophy, who learns the secret of imparting life to a creature constructed from relics of the dead, with horrific consequences. Frankenstein confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolutionism: topics such as degeneracy, hereditary disease, and mankind's status as a species of animal. The text used here is from the 1818 edition, which is a mocking expose of leaders and achievers who leave desolation in their wake, showing humanity its choice - to live co-operatively or to die of selfishness. It is also a black comedy, and harder and wittier than the 1831 version with which we are more familiar.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I. Frankenstein: The Complete Text

Frankenstein [1831 Text]

Part II. Frankenstein: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism

Reader-Response Criticism
Mary Lowe-Evans, Reading with a "Nicer Eye": Responding to Frankenstein
Psychoanalytic Criticism
David Collings, The Monster and the Imaginary Mother: A Lacanian Reading of Frankenstein
Feminist Criticism
Johanna M. Smith, "Cooped Up": Feminine Domesticity in Frankenstein
Marxist Criticism
Warren Montag, "The Workshop of Filthy Creation": A Marxist Reading of Frankenstein
Cultural Criticism
Lee E. Heller, Frankenstein and the Cultural Uses of Gothic

Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors