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Frankenstein [Case Studies in Contemporary…

Frankenstein [Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism]

by Mary Shelley, Johanna M. Smith (Editor)

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For a book that was written in the 19th century, I find Frankenstein easy to read and enjoyable--especially the gruesome images of Victor's monstrous creation (which the movie renditions do NOT do it justice). At times, I think Shelley dwells too much on the landscapes and trips of the characters, but nonetheless build up the tension and scenes that come. Victor's mind is written well as he is constantly in bad conscience about the horror of his creation and how everything goes wrong. I don't know if I believe the creature in the end and sympathize for him, but I definitely liked how the book ended. (I read the 1818--original-- version.)

Also, my reviews are based on my own enjoyment of the book, not necessarily the literary quality. ( )
  Ynaffit27 | Feb 24, 2011 |
Frankenstein is perhaps one of the greatest examples of literature from the Romantic writers. Dealing with the nature of life and death, Frankenstein grabs the reader and forces them to decide which side of the experiment they stand on. Do they agree with the morbid curiosity of Victor Frankenstein? Or do they view his actions as a way to play God, beyond what any human can be capable of? Along with this, there is decided commentary regarding social standing. Although the creature is cultured and intelligent, he is relegated to the dregs of society due to his method of creation and appearance. This book should be included in English instruction for high school students when the Romantic period is studied or in units of horror or gothic literature.
  ScottSummers | Oct 26, 2010 |
Book that makes you understand you should never mess with nature. ( )
  Eyreflife66 | Aug 29, 2009 |
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This revision of a widely adopted critical edition presents the 1831 text of Mary Shelley’s English Romantic novel along with critical essays that introduce students to Frankenstein from contemporary psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, gender, and cultural studies perspectives. An additional essay demonstrates how various critical perspectives can be combined. In the second edition, 3 of the 6 essays are new. The text and essays are complemented by contextual documents, introductions (with bibliographies), and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.

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"This revision of a widely adopted critical edition presents the 1831 text of Mary Shelley's English Romantic novel along with critical essays that read Frankenstein from five contemporary critical perspectives. A sixth essay by Fred Botting demonstrates how several critical perspectives can be combined." "Each critical essay is accompanied by an introduction to the critical perspective and by a bibliography that promotes further exploration of that approach. The text and essays are complemented by introductions to biographical and historical contexts of Frankenstein and to its critical history and by a glossary of critical and theoretical terms."--Jacket.… (more)

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