Everything you need to know to read "Frankenstein" - Iseult Gillespie
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To learn more about Mary’s subversive genealogy check out this article on her mother, the “mother of feminism”
In Frankenstein, different strands of thought about art, myth science and family are woven together. And it all started with the bang of a volcano! To learn more about the “Year without a Summer,” watch the TED-Ed lesson on Mount Tambora: The colossal consequences of supervolcanoes. To learn more about the Romantics and their pursuit of the sublime, visit this site for a timeline and definitions. If you’re intrigued by the critical reading of Frankenstein as a “birth myth”, you can read Ellen Moer’s article on the “Female Gothic.”
In an eerie real-life parallel to her masterpiece, Mary was born during a thunderstorm (in the book, the monster is electrocuted to life). At the time of her writing, the concept of Galvanism would have been well-known. Galvanism studies the electrical patterns in the body, and its founder Luigi Galvani embarked on many experiments that electrified animals in order to reanimate them. This bears marked resemblance to Dr. Frankenstein’s reanimation of dead matter, and indicates Shelley’s engagement with popular scientific theories in her creation of what is now considered one of the first works of science fiction. Read more about her relationship to science here, and here.
How many forms do we see Frankenstein’s monster crop up in adaptation and popular culture? Some of the most interesting examples are discussed in this article.
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