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by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Shelley's tale about an Englishman, seemingly the lone survivor of a terrible plague, who journeys to find a purpose to his existence

Characters: Verney
Keywords: end of the world, plague

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"In the mean time, what did Perdita?": Rhythms and Reversals in Mary Shelley's The Last Man
"In The Last Man we see multiple levels of primary and secondary imagination at work: Verney's act of perception and then recreation is enclosed within the Sibyl's perception and recreation, which in turn is enclosed within the Author's perception of the tale written on the Sibylline leaves and his or her efforts to "model the work into a consistent form"; the modeling efforts are equivalent to Coleridge's "struggles to idealize and to unify.""
Contains: Content Analysis,
Author: Richard S. Albright
From: Romanticism on the Net Vol. 13 February 1999
Mary Shelly' s The Last Man: Monstrous Worlds, Domestic Communities, and Masculine Romantic Ideology
"While these novels share similar critiques of canonical Romanticism, I would like to argue that The Last Man actually represents a more complex and idealized attempt by Mary Shelley to integrate, rather than separate, domesticity with idealism, an attempt whose ultimate collapse offers an even more severe indictment of masculine ideology than Frankenstein. " This paper includes a bibliography
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
Author: Julie K. Schuetz
From: Prometheus Unplugged, the third annual national graduate student conference on Romanticism April, 1996
Keywords: feminist criticism, biographical criticism
Memory at the End of History: Mary Shelley's The Last Man
"At a crucial moment of Mary Shelley's novel The Last Man, the author makes a strange slip of memory. A character whose story has been recurrently mentioned, named Juliet, has been widowed, and is living with her small child in a group of plague survivors, led by a charismatic despot, who instantly weed out anyone who shows signs of the disease. Juliet is terrified of losing her baby, the only thing left to her; so, the narrator informs us, "her love for her child made her eager to cling to the merest straw held out to save him." (1) But when, a mere three pages later, the baby has indeed been taken from her, Juliet's exclamation of grief is an unexpected one: "My child, my child! He has my child; my darling girl is my hostage" (286). The baby has changed gender."
Contains: Content Analysis,
Author: Lisa Hopkins
From: Romanticism on the Net Vol 6 May 1997

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