Frankenstein | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Joseph W. Lew

This literature criticism consists of approximately 42 pages of analysis & critique of Frankenstein.
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Critical Essay by Joseph W. Lew

SOURCE: “The Deceptive Other: Mary Shelley's Critique of Orientalism in Frankenstein,” in Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 30, No. 2, Summer, 1991, pp. 255-83.

In the following essay, Lew explores Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a critique of Romantic ideology as well as of the expansion of the British empire. He focuses on her use of Orientalist motifs and images of the dream maiden and the mother.

Frankenstein (1818) is highly conscious of the Orient and Orientalist discourse.1 Robert Walton and Henry Clerval both want to get to the Orient in a commercial and/or military capacity; Safie runs away from her father so that she need not return to an Oriental harem. Structurally, Shelley modeled her novel on earlier Orientalist fictions: on “Alastor,” Percy Shelley's only major publicly printed poem to date, as well...

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