Frankenstein | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Colleen Hobbs

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Frankenstein.
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Critical Essay by Colleen Hobbs

SOURCE: "Reading the Symptoms: An Exploration of Repression and Hysteria in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," in Studies in the Novel, Vol. XXV, No. 2, Summer, 1993, pp. 152-69.

In the excerpt that follows, Hobbs contends that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a character afflicted with a "female malady" brought on by his repression of stereotypically feminine traits.

Why isn't one a beastly girl and privileged to shriek?

Ford Madox Ford, Parade's End, 1925

Critics of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein have articulated a multiplicity of gendered characteristics in her protagonist, Victor Frankenstein. Those in the tradition of Ellen Moers interpret the novel as a birth myth, reading Victor as a life-giving mother.1 These studies contrast with works focusing on the character's appropriation of the female realm, which find him to be a...

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