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Two centuries ago, a teenage genius created a monster that still walks among us. In 1818, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein, and in doing so set forth into the world a scientist and his monster. The daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, famed women’s rights advocate, and William Godwin, radical political thinker and writer, Mary Shelley is considered the mother of the modern genres of horror and science fiction. At its core, however, Shelley’s Frankenstein is a contemplation on what it means to be human, what it means to chase perfection, and what it means to fear things suchsuch things as ugliness, loneliness, and rejection.

In celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, the Lilly Library at Indiana University presents Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley’s Monster. This beautifully illustrated catalog looks closely at Mary Shelley’s life and influences, examines the hundreds of reincarnations her book and its characters have enjoyed, and highlights the vast, deep, and eclectic collections of the Lilly Library. This exhibition catalog is a celebration of books, of the monstrousness that exists within us all, and of the genius of Mary Shelley.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Foreword: Empire of the Imagination Women and Speculative Fiction
  2. Jonathan Kearns
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Preface: Stitched and Bound by Love and Fear: Books, Monsters, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  2. Rebecca Baumann
  3. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. Case 1: Mary Shelley and the Birth of Frankenstein
  2. pp. 3-28
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  1. Case 2: Mary and Percy
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. Case 3: Mary Beyond Frankenstein
  2. pp. 35-40
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  1. Case 4: Mary’s Father, William Godwin
  2. pp. 41-47
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  1. Case 5: Mary’s Mother, Mary Wollstonecraft
  2. pp. 48-55
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  1. Case 6: Mad Science
  2. pp. 56-64
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  1. Case 7: The Gothic
  2. pp. 65-75
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  1. Case 8: The Monster’s Books
  2. pp. 76-81
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  1. Case 9: Victor Frankenstein’s Books
  2. pp. 82-85
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  1. Case 10: Frankenstein in Popular Culture
  2. pp. 86-109
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  1. Case 11: The Undead
  2. pp. 110-115
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  1. Case 12: Artificial Life
  2. pp. 116-121
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  1. Case 13: Adapting Frankenstein
  2. pp. 122-125
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  1. Case 14: Illustrating Frankenstein
  2. pp. 126-128
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  1. Case 15: Outsiders and Others
  2. pp. 129-136
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  1. Case 16: More Monsters
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. Case 17 & Case 18: Weird Women
  2. pp. 145-166
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 167-169
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253039088
MARC Record
OCLC
1031390874
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-18
Language
English
Open Access
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