Mary Shelley

Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus

Mary Shelley

1818

Mary Shelley lived a literary life. Her father encouraged her to learn to write by composing letters, and her favourite occupation as a child was writing stories. Certain sections of Shelley's novels are often interpreted as masked rewritings of her life. Critics have pointed to the recurrence of the father–daughter motif in particular as evidence of this autobiographical style.

She employed the techniques of many different novelistic genres, most vividly the Godwinian novel, Walter Scott's new historical novel, and the Gothic novel. Shelley used the historical novel to comment on gender relations; introducing women into the story who are not part of the historical record, she used their narratives to question established theological and political institutions.

 

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