Mary Shelley: The Dr Frankenstein of Discourse

Bedford, Alison ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6708-9896 (2015) Mary Shelley: The Dr Frankenstein of Discourse. In: School of Arts and Communication Post-Graduate Colloquium, 15 July 2015, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Abstract

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818, 1831) has long been regarded as the foundational text of the science fiction genre. In this paper, I argue that this assertion holds a number of significant consequences for the way in which we understand both the novel and its author. Through a close reading of the two primary editions of Frankenstein I will show that by narrativising contemporary science, Shelley created a new space for moralising in an increasingly secular world. More importantly, however, in creating this space Shelley becomes what Michel Foucault terms a 'founder of discourse'. This recognition allows us to assign Mary Shelley a significance not currently recognised in literary criticism and so offers a new lens through which to consider not only Mary Shelley but the function of science fiction as a whole.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 23:11
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 23:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, science fiction, genre, discourse
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470504 British and Irish literature
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470527 Popular and genre literature
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470514 Literary theory
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130203 Literature
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/50686

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