In Frankensteins Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byChris Baldick

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This book surveys the early history of one of our most important modern myths: the story of Frankenstein and the monster he created from dismembered corpses, as it appeared in fictional and other writings before its translation to the cinema screen. It examines the range of meanings whichMary Shelley's Frankenstein offers in the light of the political images of `monstrosity' generated by the French Revolution. Later chapters trace the myth's analogues and protean transformations in subsequent writings, from the tales of Hoffmann and Hawthorne to the novels of Dickens, Melville,Conrad, and Lawrence, taking in the historical and political writings of Carlyle and Marx as well as the science fiction of Stevenson and Wells. The author shows that while the myth did come to be applied metaphorically to technological development, its most powerful associations have centred onrelationships between people, in the family, in work, and in politics.

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This book surveys the early history of one of our most important modern myths: the story of Frankenstein and the monster he created from dismembered corpses, as it appeared in fictional and other writings before its translation to the cinema screen. It examines the range of meanings whichMary Shelley's Frankenstein offers in the light...

Chris Baldick is at University of London at Goldsmiths' College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198122497

ISBN - 13:9780198122494

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'interesting and readable book ... This is a book which can be enjoyed by the general reader as well as the specialist - in fact, by anyone with an interest in the Gothic, in Romantic literature, and in ways in which myth influences our perceptions.'Lynn F. Williams, Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Annual 1991