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Iconoclastic departures : Mary Shelley after Frankenstein : essays in honor of the bicentenary of Mary Shelley's birth

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Syndy M Conger; Frederick S Frank; Gregory O'Dea
Publisher: Madison, NJ : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997.
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Iconoclastic Departures contributes to the ongoing reevaluation of Mary Shelley as a professional author in her own right with a lifelong commitment to the development of her craft. Many of its essays acknowledge the importance of her family to her work - the steady theme of much earlier scholarship - but for them the family has become an imperative socio-psychological context within which to better understand her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Iconoclastic departures.
Madison, NJ : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997
(OCoLC)605030562
Named Person: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Syndy M Conger; Frederick S Frank; Gregory O'Dea
ISBN: 0838636845 9780838636848
OCLC Number: 36042421
Description: 362 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Lying near the truth: Mary Shelley performs the private / Angela D. Jones --
Author and editor: Mary Shelley's private writings and the author function of Percy Bysshe Shelley / Sheila Ahlbrand --
"Perhaps a tale you'll make it": Mary Shelley's tales for The keepsake / Gregory O'Dea --
Mary Shelley's women in prison / Syndy MCMillen Conger --
"The meaning of the tree": the tale of Mirra in Mary Shelley's Mathilda / Judith Barbour --
"Knew shame, and knew desire": ambivalence as structure in Mary Shelley's Mathilda / Audra Dibert Himes --
Mathilda: Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the ideologies of incest / Ranita Chatterjee --
Mary Shelley and Gothic feminism: the case of "the mortal immortal" / Diane Long Hoeveler --
"A sigh of many hearts": history, humanity, and popular culture in Valperga / James P. Carson --
The apocalypse of empire: Mary Shelley's The last man / Paul A. Cantor --
The triumph of death: reading and narrative in Mary Shelley's The last man / Lynn Wells --
Women in the active voice: recovering female history in Mary Shelley's Valperga and Perkin Warbeck / Ann M. Frank Wake --
The self and the monstrous: The fortunes of Perkin Warbeck / Lisa Hopkins --
The illusion of "great expectations": manners and morals in Mary Shelley's Lodore and. Falkner / Charlene E. Bunnell --
Mary Shelley's other fiction: a bibliographical census / Frederick S. Frank.
Responsibility: edited by Syndy M. Conger, Frederick S. Frank, and Gregory O'Dea ; assistant editor, Jennifer Yocum.

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Iconoclastic Departures contributes to the ongoing reevaluation of Mary Shelley as a professional author in her own right with a lifelong commitment to the development of her craft. Many of its essays acknowledge the importance of her family to her work - the steady theme of much earlier scholarship - but for them the family has become an imperative socio-psychological context within which to better understand her innovations in the many literary forms she worked with during her career: journals, letters, travelogues, biographies, poems, dramas, tales, and novels. The book's essays also convey the conviction that even if Mary Shelley, after Percy Shelley's death, gradually retired from public life as his relatives wished, she retained a resiliently resistant attitude toward many of the established orders of her day, easily recovered by a careful look beyond her "feelings" to the productions of her literary "imagination." The Mary Shelley who inhabits this three-part collection of portraits is a radical, even if a quiet radical. Part 1 focuses on various moments in her construction of her authorial identity; parts 2 and 3 anatomize the nature of her resistance and her innovation. She is presented as a writer who reappropriates authority for herself, who redesigns genres, who redefines gender, who rewrites history and biography, who revises her readers' aesthetic expectations, and who protests cultural imperialism at home and abroad. It seems significant to the contributors to this volume that this new, radical Mary Shelley was not invented by a pointed call for papers but emerged spontaneously from an open invitation to scholars working in various corners of the English-speaking world.

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