Meanwhile, her scientist husband begins to behave strangely – perhaps he is a modern Victor Frankenstein? [Read more] Sony Pictures is planning a modern day version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Matthew Tomlach will be producing and the screenplay was written by Craig Fernandez. Hogle, "The Dream of Frankenstein: An Introduction" There are really two main "dreams" in Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein novel: Victor Frankenstein's daydream about the grand future effects of his creating artifical life and the nightmare into which he falls after he recoils from his finished creature in revulsion and exhaustion.
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This second dream, quite complex, has become the subject of many interpretations, particularly in the twentieth century.
Even so, I raise a number of questions that these previous readings have not answered and show how the rest of the essays in this collection respond to those in new and striking ways.
The central thesis is that the fantasy of male creation, a fantasy the novel straightforwardly connects to Paradise Lost and Genesis, refers consistently to the infantile sexual theory of birth by defecation.
The power of Mary Shelley's novel has much to do with its exposure of this reference.[go to Hogle's essay] Anne Williams, "'Mummy, possest': Sadism and Sensibility in Shelley's Frankenstein" Frankenstein's dream after "giving birth" suggests that the creature represents the unspeakable body of the mother within the Symbolic Order.Shelley's representation of female characters implies that sadism and sensibility are complementary responses to the paradoxical views of motherhood within patriarchy.Frankenstein, in the way it treats its antecedent texts, suggests that parody in the Romantic era is less antagonistic than is often assumed.[go to Van Winkle's essay] John Rieder, "Patriarchal Fantasy and the Fecal Child in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and its Adaptations" This essay tries to account for the power that gives Mary Shelley's Frankenstein its unusual place in literary and cultural history.You can also visit the Bookstore, contact me, check out the sources and links to other sites, and the FAQ’s (which are still in progress).If you have any suggestions for other features, please let me know.Universal released a special 75th anniversary DVD – I wonder if they plan to do the same for the 80th anniversary.Read More → Out of the Shadows by Joanne Rendell is a novel that intertwines fiction with science.I’ve considered adding a discussion forum but don’t know if there is enough interest.Also, I don’t have as much time to write essays like I used to, so if you would like to submit one, please contact me. Frankenstein , by Universal and starring Boris Karloff turns 80 this year!