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ENG 3XX - Living Traditions: ENG 382 - Mary Shelley

This guide supplements ENG 3XX Living Traditions course, which looks at six different authors over six semesters.

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley's portrait by Richard Rothwell, shown at the Royal Academy in 1840

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851)
was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. ~ from Wikipedia


British Literature Guide

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ENG 382 - Living Traditions: Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus deals with the monstrous in and around us, revealing the dark aspect beneath creation’s mystery and our quest for knowledge. Shelley gave us the first modern monster and a story that inspired (and still inspires) myriad tales across genres. We will examine the Romantic, Gothic, and scientific contexts in which she wrote and look back at the myths and stories that influenced her, the Promethean myth, the book of Genesis, and John Milton’s epicParadise Lost. That vantage will shed light on present-day retellings and narratives of mad scientists, monsters, and superheroes that-whether in literature, comic books, or film-extend the Frankenstein story.

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