Parabolas of Science Fiction

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Parabolas of Science Fiction
Brian Atterbery
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Mary Shelley transformed the philosophical Gothic
into the Romantic Gothic
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Icons are powerful images but they remain images
until they are incorporated into stories
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An engagement in the myth of creation
Paradise Lost is mentioned
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Topois of the genre
the mad scientist, the failed experiment, and queer family of man
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Victor Frankenstein possibly first modern mad scientist
unlike Faust, he dealt in secular realms
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The realm of Frankenstein's desire is not religious realm..
..but in secular realm of professional career
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Frankenstein - secular version of Faust, also of Judeo-Christian myth
his failure is a secular version of the Fall
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Where do we place the blame for the Fall? Blasphemy of the experminent?
equivalent of taking a bite from tree of knowledge? Creature abandoning creation?
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The novel points towards a fundamental flaw/
imbalanced flaw lodged in humanity itself
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The impossibility of attaining socially recognised status as a person
is what ultimately drives creature into the wilderness
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The creature nullifies his singularity
in the North Pole
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The plot explores the institutional framework in the plot
of education and the professional career
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Atmosphere of anxiety reigns over plot mainly comes from
repression of natural sexual reproduction
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"circumvention of the maternal"
Margaret Homans
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Frankenstein remains tragically caught between the unnatural that
his will upon the world of things, and 'natural' that dictate engagement to Elizabeth
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Victor's sister-like relationship to Elizabeth casts her into role of Eve
the gift-companioned fashioned for original person - the male
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Mary Shelley transformed the philosophical Gothic

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Icons are powerful images but they remain images

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An engagement in the myth of creation

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