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Critical essays on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Lowe-Evans, Mary.
Publication Information:
New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, [1998]

Physical Description:
xi, 252 pages ; 25 cm.
Ambiguous heritage of Frankenstein / Horror's Twin: Mary Shelley's monstrous eve / Feminist critique of science / Mary Shelley's daemon / "Did you get Mathilda from papa?": seduction fantasy and the circulation of Mary Shelley's Mathilda / Finding Mary Shelley in her letters / Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the woman writer's fate / Mary Shelley on the therapeutic value of language / Exile, isolation, and accommodation in The Last Man: the strategies of a survivor / Monsters of empire: Conrad and Lawrence / Sweetheart of darkness: Kurtz's intended as progeny of Frankenstein's bride / Frankenstein and its cinematic translations / Mary Shelley: romance and reality
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The full range of literary traditions comes to life in the Twayne Critical Essays Series. Volume editors have carefully selected critical essays that represent the full spectrum of controversies, trends and methodologies relating to each author's work. Essays include writings from the author's native country and abroad, with interpretations from the time they were writing, through the present day.Each volume includes: -- An introduction providing the reader with a lucid overview of criticism from its beginnings -- illuminating controversies, evaluating approaches and sorting out the schools of thought-- The most influential reviews and the best reprinted scholarly essays-- A section devoted exclusively to reviews and reactions by the subject's contemporaries-- Original essays, new translations and revisions commissioned especially for the series-- Previously unpublished materials such as interviews, lost letters and manuscript fragments-- A bibliography of the subject's writings and interviews-- A name and subject index

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A stimulating group of essays that demonstrates Shelley's power "as a sensitive register' of her milieu" and "a prodigious generator' of cultural myths, ethical conundrums, and haunting metaphors," this wide-ranging collection includes discussions of Frankenstein, as both a feminist text (e.g., included is Sandra Gilbert's well-known essay "Horror's Twin" from The Madwoman in the Attic, CH, Jan'80) and a source of other literary and cinematic works. Equally useful are the essays on Shelley's less-known works--Matilda and The Last Man--and Emily W. Sunstein's discussion of the changes in Shelley's literary reputation since her death in 1851. Sunstein concludes that as "an important Romantic who survived into the Victorian age" Shelley's "private life, career, and works are a rich resource for [the] historic evolution" from Romanticism to Victorianism. Accessible to upper-division undergraduates and above. J. J. Benardete CUNY Hunter College