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In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing

Chris Baldick

Abstract

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 that Mary 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 Law ... More

Keywords: modern myths, Frankenstein, fictional writing, cinema, Mary Shelley, political images, monstrosity, French Revolution, Hoffmann, Hawthorne

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122494.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Baldick, author
University of London at Goldsmiths' College