The connections that Sampson makes between Mary and her creature demonstrates the value of framing Mary Shelley’s biography around Frankenstein, because it is the part of her with which we continue to reckon today.
Lisa Brune is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Washington University in St. Louis. She studies works by women in the long eighteenth century and holds particular interests in female utopian spaces and their relationship to contemporary scientific debates.
Posts by Lisa Brune
The first woman to paint the official portrait of a U.S. president, Greta Kempton also painted Cabinet officials, governors, senators, the head of the Atomic Energy Commission, two Postmasters General, a Supreme Court justice, several university presidents, and a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. But what would have happened if she had painted a self-portrait?