Frankenstein MAry shelley
Frankenstein MAry shelley

As part of my literature studies, which comprise the bulk of my degree, I have had the opportunity to study Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” in depth. I have struggles, however, in the course of literary response and genre analysis to find a way to make relevant the everyday struggle of the author that had such a profound impact on her writing and in particular her view of the creation of life and loss. As a young woman in a time of high infant mortality she was not unique in her experience of multiple miscarriages, stillbirths and infant deaths. Frankenstein, the novel can be viewed as an extended expression of maternal grief and birth trauma. But there has been little scope for exploring this within my literary studies as the responses to text had very specific criteria that needed to be followed. I have used the text of Frankenstein, particularly sections dealing with the the creation and rejection of the creature by his creator to create the embryo, stuck together in a mottle and almost random way to mimic the creature, stitched together from various parts. How does this relate to the everyday? This is the everyday reality behind the gothic, supernatural tale.

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