The Resource Frankenstein : Mary Shelley's wedding guest, Mary Lowe-Evans

Frankenstein : Mary Shelley's wedding guest, Mary Lowe-Evans

Label
Frankenstein : Mary Shelley's wedding guest
Title
Frankenstein
Title remainder
Mary Shelley's wedding guest
Statement of responsibility
Mary Lowe-Evans
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the vast cultural upheavals that came with the French Revolution arose Mary Shelley's famous novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). Frankenstein is the tale of a doctor who brings to life a hideous "Creature" endowed with both intelligence and sensitivity - but driven to evil by lack of human compassion. The novel promotes the highest ideal of Romanticism: the potential for human goodness to thrive unfettered by law. Yet, like the Victorian thought already creeping into Shelley's England, Frankenstein also asks whether we can truly live by that ideal. As Mary Lowe-Evans observes in this unique and exciting new historicist reading of the novel, nothing so clearly reveals Frankenstein's ambivalent position between Romantic liberte and Victorian limitations as its treatment of conventional marriage. The value of marriage, she tells us, was hotly contested by men and women of the early nineteenth century, including Mary Shelley. Lowe-Evans offers rich biographical background for Shelley's reflections on the institution, particularly the legacy of her father, philosopher William Godwin, who peaked the Romantics' scorn for marriage with his infamous treatise Political Justice. Shelley, Lowe-Evans explains, behaved according to Godwin's stated principles: as an intellectual, creative woman who loved and lived with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley while he was still married - but she also suffered for the choices she made. Who better, Lowe-Evans makes brilliantly clear, to write this novel of conflict between Romantic ideals and the restrictions of the real world? Bringing us from the genesis of the Creature - who represents the democratic principles of the Revolution - through his series of horrific murders - his Reign of Terror - Lowe-Evans illuminates Shelley's acknowledgment of the end of Romanticism. The image of housewife Margaret Saville, the problematic union of Safie and Felix, the longings of the ship's captain, the tragic outcome of Dr. Frankenstein's wedding to Elizabeth - all tie elegantly into Shelley's era, her life, and her ultimate belief in conventional marriage. Lowe-Evans elucidates that fascinating tie for the first time
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lowe-Evans, Mary
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5397.F73
LC item number
L68 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Horror tales, English
  • Scientists in literature
  • Marriage in literature
  • Monsters in literature
  • Horror tales, English
  • Marriage in literature
  • Monsters in literature
  • Scientists in literature
  • Aufsatzsammlung
Label
Frankenstein : Mary Shelley's wedding guest, Mary Lowe-Evans
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-91) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • Critical reception
  • A reading
  • 4.
  • Wedding guests/wedding ghosts
  • 5.
  • The civil servant
  • 6.
  • Minor rites
  • 7.
  • Note on the references and acknowledgments
  • Unbridled affections
  • 8. "The
  • marriage of heaven and hell"
  • 9.
  • The groomsmen
  • Notes and references
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Preface
  • Chronology : Mary Shelley's life and works
  • Literary and historical context
  • 1.
  • Growing pains
  • 2.
  • A perennially modern myth
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 98 pages
Isbn
9780805785975
Lccn
92041553
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27034311
  • (OCoLC)ocm27034311
Label
Frankenstein : Mary Shelley's wedding guest, Mary Lowe-Evans
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-91) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • Critical reception
  • A reading
  • 4.
  • Wedding guests/wedding ghosts
  • 5.
  • The civil servant
  • 6.
  • Minor rites
  • 7.
  • Note on the references and acknowledgments
  • Unbridled affections
  • 8. "The
  • marriage of heaven and hell"
  • 9.
  • The groomsmen
  • Notes and references
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Preface
  • Chronology : Mary Shelley's life and works
  • Literary and historical context
  • 1.
  • Growing pains
  • 2.
  • A perennially modern myth
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 98 pages
Isbn
9780805785975
Lccn
92041553
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27034311
  • (OCoLC)ocm27034311

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