Experiment on a Dissected Reading: Maternal Absence in Frankenstein’s Gothic

Emma Bell, Emily Blewitt

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Positions Mary Shelley as an expereimental writer; reads maternal absence in Frankenstein as a Gothic trope connected to the depiction of the maternal body in eighteenth and nineteenth century obstetric textbooks and medical imagery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen Writers and Experimental Narratives Book
Subtitle of host publicationEarly Modern to Contemporary
EditorsKate Aughterson, Deborah Philips
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783030496517
ISBN (Print)9783030496500
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Literature
  • Experimental writing
  • women writers
  • Frankenstein
  • Feminism
  • Gender


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