Author: Mary Shelley, age 19 At the house of the poet Lord Byron with husband Percy Bysshe Shelley References Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Written in 1818 One of the first to use science as a means of creating new life, rather than with a supernatural means
Fits two literary genres! The Gothic novel The Romantic novel
Beginnings attributed to Horace Walpole and The Castle of Otranto (1764). Elements: setting in a castle mystery and suspense high levels of emotion the supernatural women in distress women threatened by a powerful male a pervading mood of gloom and horror
An importance of feeling and imagination Favored emotion over reason and logic The use of a suspension of belief A quest for beauty A use of the abnormal or fanciful Nature as a source of knowledge and a revelation of God The idea that man is naturally good and society corrupts him (i.e. “the noble savage”). Improbable plots A nostalgia for the Gothic and the supernatural
Introduction to the book Who was Prometheus?