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 real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.