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 story of Delyte Morris and the Southern Illinois University he created is what Robert A. Harper calls “a story of unlikely success and a tragic end.” It does read like an American tragedy, somehow, based in a rustic start, ambition, ingenuity, and the fallibility of good intentions.