Explain: "Frankenstein itself acquires an
anti-formal monstrosity, an uncontrollable, irrational excess
of signification that transcends the boundaries of normal,
comprehensible discourse" (452).
In what ways, according to Brantlinger, does Shelley's 1831
Introduction to Frankenstein parallel the main story?
How, according to Brantlinger, is miseducation portrayed in
How, according to Brantlinger, does Shelley suggest "a
continuity between medieval alchemy and modern chemistry"
In what ways, according to Brantlinger, is reading in Frankenstein
"represented as a dangerous activity, leading to insanity"
Explain Lacan's concept of the mirror stage.
Explain: "[T]he monster is in some sense the author of the
murderous text in which he is also one of the dual
Explain: "[I]n Gothic texts more generally, the critique of
Enlightenment rationality involves a critique of the very
motives for reading and writing" (457).
Explain: "[T]he novel itself seems to be, or to acknowledge
being, a collective creation" (457).
Explain: "That the Monster, though if anything more
eloquent and rational than Victor, speaks only through the
ventriloquism of Victor (and Walton) encourages both his
identification with his creator and the erasure of his
demoniac literacy, which is also his ability to represent