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Lecture 7

Term 2: Lecture 7+8

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Department
English
Course
ENGL 1F95
Professor
Tim Conley
Semester
Winter

Description
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein  Term 2: Lecture 7+8 (January 29  and 31 ) ­ Conflict: reason vs passion; human nature (written in time of uncertainty) ­ “Bilbung” = German; education; how you develop ­ “Bildungsroman” = novel of development ­ “Human creatures”; Henry (Victor’s best friend) ­ Entire novel is Walton corresponding with his sister; about Frankenstein ­ Stories within a story; Walton > sister, Walton > Frankenstein, Frankenstein > Creature ­ There is no reader or listener; the audience is a part of the story ­ Allusions: references to other texts ­  Precept : reading is work; we are ethically bound to understand; we need to interpret, which is  dangerous ­ We become a part of the story no matter what ­ Victor’s education is mostly reading; privileged childhood ­ This led to his work in natural philosophy (science) ­ Pg. 23: Victor notices electricity in lightning; life through electricity ­ Jean­Jacque Russeau – noble savage – inherent goodness ­ How did Victor creature the monster? It is not shown ­ When we read we make things; create things; bring things to life ­ Story of nature (vs nurture); children ­ Defamiliarization: to make something unfamiliar ­ Creature is articulate and full of emotion; speaks with a kind of nobility ­ Creature learns through emulation (mimicry) of a family, the way Victor said he couldn’t ­ Safie = from the far East; a kind of outsider as well; the creature listens to her speak ­ The creature steals everything (food, education, family) ­ Horror novel: not terror; the horror lies in the Creature ­ It is also an adventure story; multiple locations ­
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