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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
By Betty T. Bennett

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

An Introduction

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Betty T. Bennett

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"Recognition of Mary Shelley's systemic dual focus on public and domestic power as the means to interrogate traditional norms and propose alternatives materially alters parochial perceptions of her objectives and her achievements. Her novels, outside of Frankenstein, and recently, The Last Man, have been dismissed as simple, mutual dissociated "romances" or experiments in genre solely to intersect with a market niche; they are neither. Rather, they and all of Mary Shelley's major works voice a cosmopolitan, socio-political reformist ideology that evolved as their author's acute awareness of world events enabled her to calibrate her literary voice to deal with unfolding rather than past societal issues. Her multidisciplinary fusion of literature, political philosophy, and history calls for a commensurate multidisciplinary reading in order to understand the complexities of both the author and her works." -Betty T. Bennett In this book, Betty T. Bennett offers an extensively expanded version of the introduction she wrote for Pickering and Chatto's eight volume set, The Novels and Selected Works of Mary Shelley. Along with her insightful retelling of Mary Shelley's eventful life story, Bennett gives us a fresh reading of Frankenstein in the context of its author's full career. She also discusses a variety of Mary Shelley's lesser known works, including Matilda, Valperga, The Last Man, Perkin Warbeck, Lodore, Falkner, and her travel books. The result is a compelling portrait of Mary Shelley as she saw herself-an inventive, irreverent writer whose desire for political and social reform was at the heart of her literary expression for three decades.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801859762
ISBN-10: 080185976X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Betty T. Bennett

Mary Shelley in Her Times by Betty T. Bennett Mary Shelley in Her Times, Paperback (July 2003)

This volume advances Mary Shelley studies to a new level of discourse and raises important issues for English Romanticism and women's studies.

Novels and Selected Works of Mary Shelley by Betty T. Bennett Novels and Selected Works of Mary Shelley, Hardback (May 1996)

These eight volumes contain the works of Mary Shelley and include introductions and prefatory notes to each volume. Included in this edition are "Frankenstein" (1818), "Matilda" ((1819), "Valperga" (1823), "The Last Man" (1826), "Perkin Warbeck" (1830) and "Lodore" (1835).

Mary Shelley Reader by Betty T. Bennett Mary Shelley Reader, Paperback (February 1991)

This unique selection contains the complete 'Frankenstein', the novella 'Mathilda', selected short stories, essays and reviews.

Shelley by Betty T. Bennett Shelley, Paperback (January 1971)

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Author Biography - Betty T. Bennett

Betty T. Bennett is Distinguished Professor of Literature at American University, Washington, D.C. Her books include Mary Diana Dods, a Gentleman and a Scholar; Selected Letters of Mary Shelley; and, in three volumes, The Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; all available from Johns Hopkins.

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