Handout for 2/22

February 22: Shelley (4). Textuality: the different versions of Frankenstein; the impossibility of saying which is the “real” one. Choosing a version is choosing an account of authorship and authority. Revisions reveal signal moments in the text (e.g.: Elizabeth as cousin or foundling). We also discussed why Frankenstein does not understand the Creature’s threat (“I will be with you on your wedding night”).

All the textual differences between the 1818 and 1831 versions of the novel may be examined here: http://juxtacommons.org/shares/Nme50n.

Author: AG

Associate Professor, Department of English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick