The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley

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Well-known scholars review Mary Shelley's work in several contexts (literary history, aesthetic and literary culture, the legacies of her parents) and also analyze her most famous work-- Frankenstein. The contributors also examine Shelley as a biographer, cultural critic, and travel writer. The text is supplemented by a chronology, guide to further reading and select filmography.
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"The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley, edited by Esther Schor, pulls together a lively and original collection of essays from a range of distinguished contributors. Perhaps the most striking thing about this volume is the impression it succeeds in giving of Mary Shelley not as some adjunct to Percy Bysshe (indeed, Susan Wolfson's impressive study of the editorial work she performed on her poet-husband's writings makes it clear the degree to which she shaped the poet's reception in the decades after his death), but as a radical and innovative thinker in her own right." Kate Flint, Studies in English Literature

"...give[s] Shelley her due as a prominent woman of letters for thirty years, not a one-book wonder." Caroline Franklin, Times Literary Supplement

"The Cambirdge Companion to Mary Shelley fulfills the admirable project of providing in one compact volume an introduction to and crticism of most of Shelley's oeuvre....this companion is an excellent introduction to such a discussion." - Staci Stone, Murray State University, South Atlantic Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521007702
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 "The author of Frankenstein"
1 Making a "monster": an introduction to Frankenstein 9
2 Frankenstein, Matilda, and the legacies of Godwin and Wollstonecraft 26
3 Frankenstein, feminism, and literary theory 45
4 Frankenstein and film 63
5 Frankenstein's futurity: replicants and robots 84
Pt. 2 Fictions and myths
6 Valperga 103
7 The Last Man 116
8 Historical novelist 135
9 Falkner and other fictions 151
10 Stories for the Keepsake 163
11 Proserpine and Midas 180
12 Mary Shelley, editor 193
13 Mary Shelley's letters: the public/private self 211
14 Biographer 226
15 Travel writing 242
16 Mary Shelley as cultural critic 259
Further reading 274
Select filmography 283
Index 284
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