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Frankenstein Feminist Criticism
Transcript of Frankenstein Feminist Criticism
Feminist Criticism by Devon Hodges Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity -Frankenstein does not consider the danger of the creature's male sexuality until he considers creating a female version. ("she might become ten times more malignant that her mate") ("a race of devils will be propagated upon the earth")
-Since the gender anatomy of the creature is never spoken of, he is considered incomplete, and women can relate to the creature.
-Both women and the creature are categorized as "monstrous" and known as "the body".
-Mary Shelley completes the roles as a wife by referencing Percy Shelley's poems throughout the novel. Filthy Types: Frankenstein, Figuration, Femeninity By Steven Vine "Passages" in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Frankenstein, Feminism, and the Intertextuality of Mountains -Frankenstein's workshop can be equated to the female reproductive system.
-Frankenstein has a feminine side that likes aesthetics, but suppresses it and makes an ugly creature.
-To Frankenstein: Almighty and powerful like God --> Paternal.
-To the Monster: Loving and caring --> Maternal. Summary Advantages Disadvantages Works Cited -goes beyond characters and plot to include author
-characterization: subservient, acquiescent, weak, or dependent
-plot: domestic drama, home life, and love
-need feminist works to construct our identities or learn about the psychologies of people unlike us
-Are women represented fairly? Is there any gender stereotyping? Are past ideas of femininity and masculinity supported or challenged?
-The goal is to understand women's experiences and promote the appreciation of women's value in the world. Toward a Feminist Figure in Humanity? By Cynthia Pon Carly by Bette London bridget dou It alerts us to old texts Anti Feminist 3 narrators are male A male "gives birth"!!! The story begins like a typical hero quest story or Feminist ? Is this story None of the males complete their "quest" A male creates life; but that life is monstrous The female creature was created based on the desires of one male; and she is aborted due to the the desires of another. & it brings up new questions & it actually has a real-world effect! Extremism creates chasms between genders Negative reactions from other cultures WE'RE GONNA SCARE ALL THE MEN AWAY! -Victor created a male monster to make an all-male world
-He destroys the "monsteress" because he is frightened of the
ideas of female independence, sadism, desire, power, and monstrocity
-Women in the novel have stereotypical female roles.
-Victor loathes and loves the monster and his mother in simular
ways Pon, Cynthia. ""Passages" in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein": Toward a Feminist Figure of Humanity?" Modern Language Studies 30.2 (Autumn, 2000) (2000): 33-50. JStor. Web. 15 Jan. 2013.
"Frankenstein", Feminism, and the Intertextuality of Mountains, Fred V. Randel, Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 23, No. 4, Romantic Wholeness: William Wordsworth, & Women in Romantic Writing (Winter, 1984) (pp. 515-532), Page Count: 18. Web. 22 Jan. 2013.
Hodges, Devon. “ Frankenstein and the Feminine Subversion of the Novel.” JSTOR. 155-164. Jstor, 1983. Web. 21 Jan. 2013
London, Bette. "Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity." PMLA 108.2 (1993): 253-67. Print.
VINE, STEVEN. "Filthy Types: Frankenstein, Figuration, Femeninity." JSTOR. Jstor, 1996. Web. 22 Jan. 2013.
Stevens, Jacqueline. "Femenist Critisism." N.p., n.d. Web. "The Uses and Disadvantages of Femenist Theory." JSTOR. Jstor, Oct. 1998. Web. 22 Jan. 2013. The creature has read "Paradise Lost" -Yet, Shelly describes the place as repulsive and disgusting which could represent her bad experiences with birth. - Woman's helpless in a male society.
- Mary Shelley's prose viewed as a sign of failure as the monster's language always seems to be a disguise for something terrifying that remains unspoken.
- Both Women and the monster cannot be assimilated into society.
- Woman in a patriarchal society is defined as an absence and a mutilated body that must be repressed to enable men to maintain their mastery. Angie by: Fred V. Randal