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"You have read this strange and terrific story, Margaret; and do you not feel your blood congeal with horror like that which even now curdles mine?"
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most influential and controversial novels of the nineteenth century; but has also become one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted. It has been vivisected critically by latter-day Victor Frankensteins who have transformed the meanings emergent from the novel into monsters of postmodern misconception. Rather than understanding Frankenstein and his monster through the lens of tradition, the moderns have seized upon the book and carried off bits to construct their own particular bogeymen.
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Seldom has a work of fiction suffered so scandalously from the slings and arrows of outrageous criticism. This critical edition, containing tradition-oriented essays by literary scholars, refutes the errors and serves as an antidote to the poison that has contaminated the critical understanding of this classic gothic novel.
A look at the essays
Ever wondered what grisly science surrounded the conception of Frankenstein? Jo Bath gives us an illuminating look at the period's fascination with electricity and the newly dead, and what Shelley may have known about it. [Read excerpt.]
In "Frankenstein as a Mythic Tragedy", Philip Nielsen takes on too-closely biographical readings of the work, contending it's to the realm of myth that we should look in order to understand Shelley's masterpiece. Thomas Stanford III wrestles with the common misconception that the monster's the villain in Frankenstein, plain and simple. Meanwhile, Aaron Urbanczyk investigates why Shelley chose to write her book as an "epistolary novel" — one told through letters — and why that may be just as monstrous as the plot itself.
Joseph Pearce situates the reader with the introductory essay.
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Meet the Minds behind the Frankenstein Edition
Joseph Pearce is Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University. He is editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press, as well as co-editor of the Saint Austin Review (or StAR), an international review of Christian culture, literature, and ideas published in England (Family Publications) and the United States (Sapientia Press). He is the author of two books on Shakespeare and has also written biographies and critical studies of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, OscarWilde, G. K. Chesterton, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Jo Bath is a research associate of the Open University in England, where she also teaches the history of medicine.
Philip Nielsen is a graduate student in classical architecture at Notre Dame and is currently authoring a book on the Inklings with Bradley Birzer of Hillsdale College. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College with a degree in English.
Thomas W. Stanford III
Thomas W. Stanford III is an associate professor of English language and literature at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, where he edits Faith & Reason, the academic journal of Christendom College.
Aaron Urbanczyk is Assistant Professor of English at Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville, Georgia. He has taught literature at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.