Frankenstein | Mary Cappello

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Frankenstein.
This section contains 13,695 words
(approx. 46 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Colleen Hobbs

Mary Cappello

SOURCE: "Alice James: Neither Dead nor Recovered," in American Imago, Vol. 45, No. 2, Summer, 1988, pp. 127-62.

In the excerpt that follows, Cappello analyzes the relationship between femininity and self articulation within the context of hysterical illness, using Alice James's Diary as an example.

I. Illness and Femininity; Hysteria and Writing

As I listen to the work of particular women who have achieved voice in twentieth century English-speaking culture, Plath, Sexton, and Woolf, for example, I am led to the question of whether a woman can do the new things with words that her self-expression calls for without getting ill or being perceived as ill; and, further, if she can make the necessary aesthetic gesture that compels her toward a new position in the community, in language, and stay alive. It is a general question for now, but it grows, for me, out of the particular phenomenon of...

(read more)

This section contains 13,695 words
(approx. 46 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Colleen Hobbs