Epilogue: The Elision Fields: Mary Shelley's <i>Frankenstein</i>

Adam Lifshey

in Specters of Conquest

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232383
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241187 | DOI:

Series: American Literatures Initiative

Epilogue: The Elision Fields: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein is the great American novel. There may be no such thing, of course, yet Mary Shelley's early nineteenth-century creation haunts the transatlantic all the same. Certainly, Frankenstein owes its existence to a thoroughly European environment, from its conceptualization in Switzerland to its sundry anglophone and francophone settings. And Shelley had no intention of writing an American novel. But the text does mention the New World twice, both times in a fashion that would seem offhand and inconsequential were it not for the remarkable suggestion of transoceanic dynamics contained therein.

Keywords: Frankenstein; Mary Shelley; anglophone; francophone; transoceanic dynamics; American novel; New World

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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