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Frankenstein: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Year 12 students shall be studying Frankenstein, a novel by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Mary was born in 1797 to William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Her mother died shortly after Mary was born.Shelley learned about her mother only through writings her mother left behind, including A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) which advocated that women should have the same educational opportunities as rights in society as men.

Mary Shelley's life is as compelling as is her novel,'Frankenstein'. Read about how Mary Shelley came to write Frankenstein.  

 

 

 

Historical Context

The novel Frankenstein is set in the latter part of the 18th Century, at the end of the Enlightenment and the beginning of the Romantic period. It critiques the excesses of the Enlightenment and introduces the beliefs of the Romantics. Read the chapter titled History and Context in Frankenstein from the ebook ' Bloom's How to write about Mary Shelley.

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Romanticism

Romanticism is a complex artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in the second half of the 18th century in Western Europe, and gained strength in reaction to the Industrial Revolution. In part, it was a revolt against aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature (neoclassicism), and was embodied most strongly inthe visual arts, music, and literature, but can be detected even in changed attitudes towards children and education.

 Read about the characteristics of Romaticism in Literature.

Gothic Literature

Frankenstein is generally categorised as a Gothic novel, a genre of fiction that uses gloomy settings and supernatural events to create an atmosphere of mystery and terror. Read about the characteristics of Gothic Literature.

Allusion in Frankenstein

 

 Read this definition of allusion in literature.

Paradise Lost by John Milton - story of man's fall from innocence to painful knowledge; Victor can be compared to Adam, Satan and Eve.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, like narrator, tells story as a warning and confession.

1910 Silent Film

Frankenstein The True Story

Frankenstein 1994

Young Frankenstein

Edit of Mel Brooks' classic comedy Young Frankenstein presented in five minutes for OctoberFest..

ebooks

                          

  Bloom's How to Write about Mary Shelley:

  Bloom's How to Write about Literature

   by Amy Watkin                                    

 

 

Mary Shelley

Bloom's Classic Critical Views

by Harold Bloom

 

Critical Companion to Mary Shelley

Critical Companion to

by Virginia  Brackett

 

 

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, New Edition

Bloom's Morden Critical Views

by Harold Bloom