The environments of Frankenstein

Jerrold E. Hogle

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Abstract

This prolegomenon to a collection of eleven essays provides a setting for them all by explaining the ongoing significance of Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein two hundred years after it was first published; the theme of multiple “environments” that imbues Frankenstein and its offshoots and that is common to all these essays; the novel's emergence from a generic environment of fiction (the Gothic) that established itself in the 1760s and continues to this day; the history of interpretations of Frankenstein generated by the various theoretical environments in which it has been analyzed; and how all of the following essays, including the particular environments of Frankenstein they treat, both advance that history and fit into the overall scheme of this special issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-661
Number of pages19
JournalHuntington Library Quarterly
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Bioethics
  • Climate change
  • Cultural studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Fantasmagoriana
  • Feminism
  • Gender studies
  • History of criticism
  • Horace walpole
  • Marxism
  • New biotechnologies
  • New criticism
  • New historicism
  • Postcolonial criticism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Queer theory
  • Race studies
  • Summer of 1816
  • The gothic
  • Villa diodati
  • “old historicism”

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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