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Sites about Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Novel about a monster assembled by a scientist that develops a mind of its own.

Characters: Victor Frankenstein, the creature, Caroline Beaufort, Elizabeth
Keywords: creation, artificial life

Critical sites about Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus

The Belle Assemblee Review of Frankenstein
http://www.rc.umd.edu/reference/chronologies/mschronology/reviews/barev.html
Contemporary review provided on a site published and maintained by the University of Maryland Romantic Circles. "We hope, however, the writer had the moral in view which we are desirous of drawing from it, that the presumptive works of man must be frightful, vile, and horrible; ending only in discomfort and misery to himself."
Contains: Review, Plot Summary
Author: Anonymous
From: The Belle Assemblee, or Bell's Court and Fashionable Magazine v. 17 (March 1818): 139-142
Keywords: contemporary review
 
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine Review of Frankenstein, 1818
http://www.rc.umd.edu/reference/chronologies/mschronology/reviews/bemrev.html
This review praises Shelley's poetic sense and her critique of humanity, but asserts that the novel was written not by Mary Shelley but by her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. The review compares the work to several other famous works, including Gulliver's Travels. The site is published and maintained by the University of Maryland Romantic Circles.
Contains: Plot Summary, Review, Content Analysis, Character Analysis
Author: Walter Scott
From: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine v. 2 (20 March/1 April 1818): 613-620
Keywords: contemporary review
 
British Critic Review of Frankenstein, March 1818
http://www.rc.umd.edu/reference/chronologies/mschronology/reviews/bcrev.html
This review is very critical of the fantastic extremes of the novel but admits that the writer might have some promise. The site is published and maintained by the University of Maryland Romantic Circles.
Contains: Review, Plot Summary
Author: Anonymous
From: The British Critic n.s. v. 9 (April 1818): 432-438
Keywords: contemporary review
 
Defining Romanticism: The Implications of Nature Personified as Female in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
http://prometheus.cc.emory.edu/panels/2D/A.Renfroe.html
The author asserts that "Both Bronte and Shelley use Nature, personified as female, as a vehicle to redefine the masculine prototype of Romanticism. "
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context, Character Analysis
Author: Alicia Renfroe
From: Prometheus Unplugged, the third annual national graduate student conference on Romanticism April, 1996
Keywords: feminist critique, lightening, moonlight
 
Edinburgh Magazine Review of Frankenstein, March 1818
http://www.rc.umd.edu/reference/chronologies/mschronology/reviews/emrev.html
This is the mixed report of a reviewer who enjoyed the book but found it flawed. The site is published and maintained by the University of Maryland Romantic Circles.
Contains: Review, Plot Summary
Author: Anonymous
From: The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany: A New Series of "The Scots Magazine" v. 2 (March 1818): 249-253
Keywords: contemporary review
 
The Literary Panorama review of Frankenstein, 1 June 1818
http://www.rc.umd.edu/reference/chronologies/mschronology/reviews/lprev.html
"This novel is a feeble imitation of one that was very popular in its day,--the St. Leon of Mr. Godwin....and it exhibits a strong tendency towards materialism." Genrally negative review that mentions the possibility that the novel was written by Percy Shelley, not Mary Shelley. Site published by the University of Maryland Romantic Circles.
Contains: Review, Plot Summary
Author: Anonymous
From: The Literary Panorama and National Register, n.s. v. 8 (1 June 1818): 411-414
Keywords:
 
Quarterly Review review of Frankenstein, 1818
http://www.rc.umd.edu/reference/qr/index/36.html
This generally negative review admits the novel's grotesque power. The site provides provenance data about the article, posits an author, and provides a link to the full text of the review next to the (458) Article 5 section, which leads to additional contemporary reviews. The site is published and maintained by the University of Maryland's Romantic Circles.
Contains: Review, Plot Summary
Author: John Wilson Croker (?)
From: The Quarterly Review v. 18 (January 1818): 379-385
Keywords:
 

 
Other (non-critical) sites about Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus

Mary Shelley and Frankenstein
http://www.kimwoodbridge.com/maryshel/maryshel.shtml
This site gives literary sources, biographical information, and other interesting facts about the novel.
Contains: Historical Context, Review
Author: Kim A. Woodbridge
Author: Kim A. Woodbridge
Keywords:
 
Reference List
http://www.kimwoodbridge.com/maryshel/source.shtml
This is an extensive list of critical sources on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Author: Kim A. Woodbridge
Author: Kim A. Woodbridge
Keywords:
 

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