The Female Monster In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The Victorian Gothic’s engagement with the female monster dated back to Mary Shelly whose 1818 novel which submitted it as a new staple in Gothic literature to the “stock features” established in canonical texts. Frankenstein acutely changed the “[t]he architecture of fear” which was no longer dependent on “the conniving villain,” but rather on the physiognomy of the body, giving way thus to rise of the she-monster that helped her respond to the threatening perils of the rising of a new scientific enlightenment that loomed over in the outset of the nineteenth-century (Judith Halberstam 28-29). Accordingly, the female monster turned out to be “the heartbeat of much gothic intertextualisation” (34). It turned out to be a feminist cause as an

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