In Frankenstein's Wake: Mary Shelley, Morality and Science Fiction

Bedford, Alison ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6708-9896 (2021) In Frankenstein's Wake: Mary Shelley, Morality and Science Fiction. Critical Studies in Fantasy and Science Fiction (72). McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, United States. ISBN 9781476677804


Abstract

This book offers a new perspective on Mary Shelley and on science fiction, arguing that she both established a new discursive space for moral thinking and laid the groundwork for the genre of science fiction. Adopting a contextual biographical approach, and undertaking a close reading of the 1818 and 1831 editions of the text give readers insight into how this story synthesises many of the concerns about new science prevalent in Shelley's time. Using Michel Foucault's concept of discourse, the present work argues that Shelley should be not only credited with the foundation of a new genre but recognised as ta figure who created a new cultural space for the reader to explore their fears and negotiate the moral landscape of new science.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2021 07:06
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2021 06:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: literature; science fiction; morality; moral thinking; Mary Shelley
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210304 Biography
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430303 Biography
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470504 British and Irish literature
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470514 Literary theory
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41483

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