This course explores and analyzes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein(1818). Students are encouraged to discover paradoxes and complexities of this novel by careful reading of the text. We will also deal with biographical, cultural and social topics which are designed to reveal the layers of themes hidden in this classic work.
Class attendance / reading assignments / resumes and oral presentations / mid- and end-term papers
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Broadview Press, 1999.
To be announced.
Preliminary preparation and active participation in discussions is essential. The class will be conducted in English.
1 Introduction 2 Epistolary Novels 3 Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin 4 Childbirth in the 18th Century 5 P.B. Shelley and Other Romantic Poets 6 Gothic Romance 7 The Alps and the North Pole 8 Discussion 9 The Monster's Reading 10 The Bible and the Prometheus Myth 11 Frankenstein and Science Fiction 12 Frankenstein and Films 13 Discussion
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