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Mary Shelley (Gothic Authors


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Mary Shelley: A Chronology Introduction Chapter One: Frankenstein Chapter Two: Matilda Chapter Three: Valperga Chapter Four: 'On Ghosts' and The Last Man Chapter Five: 'Terror, Horror and Transformation' Conclusion Illustrations Henry Fuseli. 'The Nightmare' Engraving of 'Juliet' from The Keepsake for 1831

About the Author

Angela Wright is Professor of Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield, and is currently co-President of the International Gothic Association. She is the author of Gothic Fiction (2007), Britain, France and the Gothic: The Import of Terror (2013), and co-editor with Dale Townshend of Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic (2014) and Romantic Gothic: an Edinburgh Companion (2015).


"Providing a refreshing departure from previous scholars who have read Frankenstein in isolation, Angela Wright reads Mary Shelley's writing career holistically, as an ongoing negotiation with a series of connected themes--most significantly, the Gothic. Wright's great strength is that she understands the Gothic tradition as an intellectual tradition, so that Shelley's engagement with her Gothic predecessors becomes as complex and nuanced as with her Romantic peers or with scientific thought. As a result, new insight is provided here into Shelley as a writer at work. This volume is written with great clarity and verve, and will gratify both Shelley scholars seeking a fresh angle on the subject, alongside students and readers seeking an accessible introduction to Shelley's writing."--Catherine Spooner, Professor of Literature and Culture, Lancaster University "This book is an excellent introduction to Mary Shelley's life and work - indeed, it is a must-read for all serious students of Shelley and the Gothic--but it is also stands on its own as a fine work of literary history and criticism, based as it is on meticulous scholarship. It insightfully shows, as few other studies have done, the symbolic and affective work done by the Gothic not just in Frankenstein but in all of Shelley's major novels and stories from the late 1810s through the late 1830s."--Jerrold E. Hogle, University of Arizona "Angela Wright's Mary Shelley is an elegant and critically insightful tribute to a major figure in British Romanticism. Wright writes sensitively and movingly about the life and works of one who, well beyond the example of Frankenstein, often turned to the Gothic to articulate the loss and devastation that beset her."--Dale Townshend, Manchester Metropolitan University

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