Her parents were so ready for a son in 1797 that they had already chosen the name “William.” Even worse: When her mother died from childbirth, an awful effect was to make little Mary seem a catastrophe to her grieving father.
No wonder she would write a novel about a “being” rejected from its first breath.
England would abolish its slave trade in 1807, but Colonial slavery was legal until 1833.
Abolitionists saw the capitalists, investors, and masters as the moral monsters of the global economy.
One subject was the rogue uses and consequences of genomic science of the 21st century.
Another was the election season — in which “Frankenstein” was a touchstone in the media opinions and parodies.
In Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein pleads sympathy for the “human nature” in his revulsion.
“I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.
That debut ran for nearly 40 nights; it was staged by the Princeton University Players in May 2017.
In a seminar that I taught on in various contexts at Princeton in the fall of 2016 — just weeks after the 200th anniversary of its conception in a nightmare visited on (then) Mary Godwin in June 1816 — we had much to consider.