'All the World's a Stage': Dramatic Sensibility in Mary Shelley's Novels

'All the World's a Stage': Dramatic Sensibility in Mary Shelley's Novels

by Charlene Bunnell

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Overview

This book examines the often tragic and nearly always disabling metaphor of thetheatrum mundi, world-as-stage, as it plays itself out in the characters of Mary Shelley's novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415866873
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Roots of Mary Shelley's Dramatic Sensibility 7

Chapter 3 Frankenstein: Storytelling as Dramatic Performance 35

Chapter 4 Mathilda: Life as Theatrical Production 61

Chapter 5 The Last Man: Autobiography as Drama 85

Chapter 6 Valperga: Theatrical Plots and Dramatic Intrigue 109

Chapter 7 Perkin Warbeck: Problematic Roles and Identities 131

Chapter 8 Lodore: Public Spectacle and Private Lives 151

Chapter 9 Falkner: The Illusion of Romance 167

Chapter 10 Conclusion 181

Bibliography 187

Index 205

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