Frankenstein

ISBN-10: 031219126X

ISBN-13: 9780312191269

Edition: 2nd 2000

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This revision of a widely adopted critical edition presents the 1831 text of Mary Shelley’s English Romantic novel along with critical essays that introduce students toFrankensteinfrom contemporary psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, gender, and cultural studies perspectives. An additional essay demonstrates how various critical perspectives can be combined. In the second edition, 3 of the 6 essays are new. The text and essays are complemented by contextual documents, introductions (with bibliographies), and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 4/14/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 470
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were two celebrated liberal thinkers, William Godwin, a social philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a women's rights advocate. Eleven days after Mary's birth, her mother died of puerperal fever. Four motherless years later, Godwin married Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing her and her two children into the same household with Mary and her half-sister, Fanny. Mary's idolization of her father, his detached and rational treatment of their bond, and her step-mother's preference for her own children created a tense and awkward home. Mary's education and free-thinking were encouraged, so it should not surprise us today that at the age of sixteen she ran off with the brilliant, nineteen-year old and unhappily married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley became her ideal, but their life together was a difficult one. Traumas plagued them: Shelley's wife and Mary's half-sister both committed suicide; Mary and Shelley wed shortly after he was widowed but social disapproval forced them from England; three of their children died in infancy or childhood; and while Shelley was an aristocrat and a genius, he was also moody and had little money. Mary conceived of her magnum opus, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, when she was only nineteen when Lord Byron suggested they tell ghost stories at a house party. The resulting book took over two years to write and can be seen as the brilliant creation of a powerful but tormented mind. The story of Frankenstein has endured nearly two centuries and countless variations because of its timeless exploration of the tension between our quest for knowledge and our thirst for good. Shelley drowned when Mary was only 24, leaving her with an infant and debts. Mary died in 1851 at the age of 54 from a brain tumor.

About the Series
About This Volume
Frankenstein: The Complete Text in Cultural Context
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text
Contextual Documents
from Things as They Are, or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794)
from Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman (1798)
[On Creation] (1531-1538)
from Emile, or On Education (1762)
A Discourse, Introductory to a Course of Lectures on Chemistry (1802)
from The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)
from De viribus electricitatis in motu musculari (1791)
A Galvanized Corpse (1836)
Frankenstein's Laboratory (James Whale's Frankenstein, 1931)
The Creature and His Bride-to-Be (The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935)
The Creature Enchained (The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935)
Frankenstein and the Racialized Creature (The Model Man, 1850)
"The Brummagem Frankenstein" (1866)
"The Irish Frankenstein" (1882)
Charles Ogle as the Creature (Edison's Frankenstein, 1910)
Boris Karloff as the Creature (James Whale's Frankenstein, 1931)
Christopher Lee as the Creature (The Curse of Frankenstein, 1957)
Keith Jochim as the Creature (Victor Gialanella's Frankenstein, 1981)
The Creature Attacking His Maker (Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 1994)
Frankenstein: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of Frankenstein
Psychoanalytic Criticism and Frankenstein
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective
The Monster and the Maternal Thing: Mary Shelley's Critique of Ideology
Feminist Criticism and Frankenstein
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective
"Cooped Up" with "Sad Trash": Domesticity and the Sciences in Frankenstein
Gender Criticism and Frankenstein
What Is Gender Criticism?
Gender Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Gender Perspective
Lesbian Panic and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Marxist Criticism and Frankenstein
What Is Marxist Criticism?
Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Marxist Perspective
The "Workshop of Filthy Creation": A Marxist Reading of Frankenstein
Cultural Criticism and Frankenstein
What Is Cultural Criticism?
Cultural Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Cultural Perspective
Frankenstein of the Nineties: The Composite Body
Combining Perspectives on Frankenstein
Reflections of Excess: Frankenstein, the French Revolution, and Monstrosity
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors
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