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Author Topic: The Secret Life of Books: Frankenstein  (Read 1354 times)
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« on: August 07, 2015, 05:24:12 am »

An analysis of the writing of what some consider to be the first science fiction novel.

Excerpted from the video's blurb:

"Some 200 years since it was written, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is now shorthand for the horrors of science run amok. But when author and anatomist Professor Alice Roberts returns to the 18-year-old Mary's manuscripts, she finds someone concerned with the very act of creation itself....

...By showing the disastrous results of the obsessive Victor's attempts to create life, Mary is seen to be critiquing the Romantic ideal of the solitary, creative genius, a notion associated with poets Percy Shelley and Byron...

...In considering the influence of Mary's parents - her father was the radical philosopher William Godwin and her mother Mary was the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women - Alice further shows that the ideas informing Frankenstein make the novel much more than a simple horror story..."

BBC The Secret Life of Books Frankenstein
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2015, 10:37:54 am »

Giving this a bump for October.
« Last Edit: October 03, 2015, 07:18:20 pm by GCCC » Logged
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