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The Novel and Authorship

Lecture summary

  1. Frankenstein and the Gothic Tradition: The novel and authorship

    • Circumstances of the novel's genesis

    • Shelley's revised preface of 1831

    • Authorship and adaptations

    • Authorial intervention (structure)

  2. Theories of authorship

3. Synthesis

 

Secondary reading

Hume, Robert D. "Gothic vs Romantic: A re-evaluation of the Gothic novel", PMLA, 84 (1969), 282-90.

Jackson, Rosemary. Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion (London and NY: Methuen, 1981).

Kieley, Robert. The Romantic Novel in England (Cambridge : Harvard UP, 1972)

Levine, George. The Realistic Imagination: English Fiction from Frankenstein to Lady Chatterly (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1981)

Platzner, Robert, L. "Gothic vs Romantic: A rejoinder", PMLA, 86 (1971), 262-74.

Schug, Charles. "The Romantic Form of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein", Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 17 (1977), 607-19.

 

Useful webages

 

The University of Warwick's Library subscribes to JSTOR which is a database of Scholarly Journals that can be accessed by all students at the university provided they are logged on to insite. If you do a search for Frankenstein on JSTOR you'll find a vast number of articles which are published in refereed journals. Below is the first page of results:

  • , Paul Sherwin PMLA, Vol. 96, No. 5 (Oct., 1981), pp. 883-903
  •  Kate Ellis The Journal of Sex Research, Vol. 27, No. 1, Feminist Perspectives on Sexuality. Part 1 (Feb., 1990), pp. 111-121
  • David Murray Tempo, New Series, No. 127 (Dec., 1978), p. 46
  • Saul Gottlieb The Tulane Drama Review, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Summer, 1966), pp. 137-152  
  • Elisabeth L. Roark American Art, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring, 2001), pp. 74-83.
  •  Bette London PMLA, Vol. 108, No. 2 (Mar., 1993), pp. 253-267
  • H. L. Malchow Past and Present, No. 139 (May, 1993), pp. 90-130
  •  Denise Gigante ELH, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Summer, 2000), pp. 565-587
  • Ellen Cronan Rose New Literary History, Vol. 26, No. 4, Special Issue: Philosophical Resonances (Autumn, 1995), pp. 809-832
  • H Elizabeth Young Feminist Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Autumn, 1991), pp. 403-437
  • Fred V. Randel ELH, Vol. 70, No. 2 (Summer, 2003), pp. 465-491
  • Maureen Noelle McLane ELH, Vol. 63, No. 4 (Winter, 1996), pp. 959-988

 

 

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Visual Frank

 

Cover

Boris Karloff as the monster 

 

 

 

Fronstpiece 1831 

Frontspiece of 1831 edition

 

 

Irish Frank

The Irish Frank.

 

De Niro as the monster

De Niro as the monster