Lecture Notes And Thoughts On "Frankenstein" (Both The 1931 Film Version And Shelley's Novel) And Also Gothic Theory

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Lecture Notes on "Frankenstein" and the Gothic- Generally features strong elements of the supernatural, psychotic, sexually perverse or a combination of all three.- Gothic usually featured dark, brooding setting: Damziels in distress.- When Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" Gothic had gone out of fashion.- 1818 Gothic played for laughs or reanimation.- Shelley: no clear distinction between good and evil.- She updates Gothic out of medieval world into her world. Fairly contemporary setting in mind. Key use of scientific debates of her day - electricity. Distinction between life and death debated.- Paradigm - new historicism, and cultural matriculation loosely represented by Marianne Butler.- The text in relationship to history is important, as there is a relationship between the text and the background. The historical contexts form a background to the texts themselves, and a text becomes fundamentally different from background, as it transcends it. Resulting from developed modes of reading, progress of research, or a lack of distinction. A text has no borders as it participates in wider cultural and discursive society. The new historicist reading is a mix of anthropologist, historian and criticist. This is the way in which "Frankenstein" is to be read.- In the case of "Frankenstein" Mary Butler relates it to a debate between materialists and vitalists.- Vitalists: life is something added to matter - ie. Electricity. Experiments with seeing life through fluid means. Theologically positioned in the 19th century, leaves free room for the soul and biblical. This represents vitalist to the extreme.- Materialists: Her husband wrote a defense of aetheism (Percy Shelley), which resulted in expulsion from Oxford University. It was dangerous to be an aetheist as there was no need for a soul. Early reader of the book would have had a very different perception. Important question surrounding origin of human life.- Ultimate Questions:- Was man made in God's image?- When was this theory developed?Maureen McHane - "Frankenstein" is an important document in early history concerning the way we think about race. Where do you draw the boundary between human and non- human?Human being is someone who can reason and who has a point of view, with a basic urge to reproduce. Victor suffers from Malthusian panic - a group of monsters invading Europe.Introduction to psychoanalytical reading of FrankensteinHow relevant is the authors interpretation and psychy?Not relevant, authors mind not the target for psycho-analytical reading, focused on the relationship between audience and text. Pay attention to desire and how it shapes narrative.Three basic templates for reading the way desire shapes narrative1. Freud2. Lacan3. Eve SedgwickMary Shelley - daughter of William Goodwin and Mary Woolstoncraft. Mother died 10 days after giving birth. July 1813, Shelley elopes with Percy. Mary is pregnant but the baby is born premature and dies. In 1816 Mary and Percy visited Switzerland to see...

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