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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

ISBN 9780230200975
Publication Date July 2009
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Analysing Texts

This study focuses on how Frankenstein works: how the story is told and why it is so rich and gripping.  Part I uses carefully selected short extracts for close textual analysis, while Part II examines Shelley's life, the historical and literary contexts of the novel, and offers a sample of key criticism.

NICHOLAS MARSH formerly taught English at Francis Holland School, Regent's Park, London. He is author of the popular How to Begin Studying English Literature and many titles in the Analysing Texts series, of which he is the general editor.

General Editor's Preface.- A Note on Editions.- Introduction.- PART I: ANALYSING FRANKENSTEIN.- The Narrative Frame.- Characterisation.- Nature, Society and Science.- Symbol and Myth.- Themes and Conclusions to Part I.- PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS.- Mary Shelley's Life and Works.- The Historical and Literary Context.- A Sample of Critical Views.- Further Reading.- Index.


'Direct and engaging in style, this comprehensive study will appeal to new students of Frankenstein, and will also be useful to the Shelley specialist.' - Mike Edwards, formerly Head of Humanities, Crosskeys College, UK 'The book comprises an intrinsic analysis of the novel itself and an extrinsic account of its context and critics. Throughout, Marsh's method is close reading: quoting a substantial passage to illustrate each of his points and then commenting oon it in detail. This approach, illuminating in itself, also sets a good example for students...It would help an instructor preparing to teach the novel for the first time, not least because of the excellent essay questions that end most chapters.' - D. L. Macdonald, Professor of English, University of Calgary, Canada, New Books Online 19
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