Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780948462597 Published August 1997 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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Frankenstein, Creation and Monstrosity

Stephen Bann

Frankenstein, Creation and Monstrosity
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Stephen Bann

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224 pages
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780948462597 Published August 1997 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780948462603 Published July 1997 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Some of the most significant currents in modern intellectual and cultural history pass by way of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818). By choosing in her book as a guiding theme the idea of the scientist who creates a monster, she both revives for the Romantic period the traditional link between scientific experiment and natural magic, and makes her own contribution to the debate on the difference between "creation" and "production" that was flourishing among the natural scientists of her time.

Frankenstein thus signals a remarkable integration of the broad issues of contemporary science and culture within the form of a popular fiction. In this way, it stands at the head of a productive tendency which is marked, over the coming century, by related works like Bram Stoker's Dracula and H. G. Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau. Common to all these works is a fascination with the ethics of creation, and the phenomenon of monstrosity, which provokes interesting questions about the place of the monster in Western visual culture.
Contents
Photographic Acknowledgements
Notes on the Editor and Contributors
Introduction - Stephen Bann
1. Rewriting the Family: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein' in its Biographical/Textual Context - Elisabeth Bronfen
2. Frankenstein and Natural Magic - Crosbie Smith
3. Melancholy Reflection: Constructing an Identity for Unveilers of Nature - Ludmilla Jordanova
4. Frankenstein's Monster in Two Traditions - Louis James
5. Impressionist Monsters: H. G. Wells's 'The Island of Dr Moreau' - Michael Fried
6. James Whale's 'Frankenstein': The Horror Film and the Symbolic Biology of the Cinematic Monster - Michael Grant
7. Artificial Life and the Myth of Frankenstein - Jasia Reichardt
8. Narrating the Monster: From Mary Shelley to Bram Stoker - Robert Olorenshaw
9. The Bread and the Blood - Jean-Louis Schefer
References
Select Bibliography
Index
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