Mary Shelley: A Very Short Introduction [#700]
Mary Shelley: A Very Short Introduction [#700]
『フランケンシュタイン』の作者、ロマン派詩人P・B・シェリーの妻、アナキズムの先駆者W・ゴドウィンと『女性の権利の擁護』を執筆したM・ウルストンクラフトの娘でもあるメアリー・シェリー(1797-1851年)を取り上げます。20歳で出版した『フランケンシュタイン』創作の背景、そこに凝縮されたテーマを概観し、それ以降の作品の重要性を明らかにします。特徴ある文体に加え、すべての人の公正と自由、論理的思考と愛で世の中を変えるというテーマを育んだシェリーが母から受けた影響の大きさも考察します。(cf. Frankenstein: or 'The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text, Frankenstein: Or The Modern Prometheus, The Last Man from the Oxford World's Classics)
  • Considers the social and literary context for Mary Shelley's life and works
  • Offers fascinating new insights into Frankenstein, particularly Shelley's emphasis on the importance of empowering women
  • Gives a critical survey of Shelley's literary career beyond Frankenstein, including six other novels, two travel books, and her short stories and essays
  • Dicusses the role Shelley played in promoting and editing the work of Percy B. Shelley
In 1816, when eighteen-year old Mary Godwin began writing Frankenstein, the idea that a woman could dream up such a tale was as far-fetched as raising a being from the dead. But Mary wasn't just any woman. The daughter of two notorious radicals, Mary had become an outcast from English society when she was only sixteen. A lifelong advocate for the rights of women, she refused to be governed by social conventions, running away with a married man, having children out of wedlock, and authoring books, stories, and essays that broke literary conventions.
This Very Short Introduction explores the context, background, and important themes contained in Shelley's most famous novel, Frankenstein, as well as demonstrating the importance of her work after Frankenstein. Over the course of her long career, Shelley developed a distinctive voice, and a political and philosophical stance. Exploring key themes throughout Shelley's work, Charlotte Gordon shows how she devoted herself to the propositions her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, outlined in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman that women are equal to men; that all people deserve the same rights; that human reason and the capacity for love can reform the world; and that every person is entitled to justice and freedom.

2:Gothic rebellion
4:Early female narrators in A History of a Six Weeks Tour Through a Part of France, Switzerland, and Holland and Mathilda (1817-1821)
5:Valperga, The Last Man, and Perkin Warbeck
6:The final work, 1835-1844
Further Reading

Charlotte Gordon is the Distinguished Professor of English at Endicott College. An award-winning author, her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Her latest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (2015) won the National Book Critics Circle award. She is also the author of Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America's First Poet (2005), and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (2009). Most recently, she has written the Introduction to Penguin's re-issue of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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ISBN : 9780198869191

Charlotte Gordon
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Very Short Introductions





Mary Shelley: A Very Short Introduction [#700]

Mary Shelley: A Very Short Introduction [#700]

Mary Shelley: A Very Short Introduction [#700]