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Mary Shelley's Novels of the 1820s: History and Prophecy

Pamela Clemit

in The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Abandoning the structural complexity of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley enacts her loss of faith in individual improvement at the level of narrative form. Given the overwhelming grief and powerlessness of ... More


The Apocalyptic Cosmos

Mark Payne

in Flowers of Time: On Postapocalyptic Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691205946
eISBN:
9780691206400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691205946.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how Mary Shelley refashions Hesiod's search for a continuous ground of humanness that persists through catastrophic transformations of the foundations of social life. It looks ... More


Palliating Humanity in The Last Man

Brittany Pladek

in Poetics of Palliation: Romantic Literary Therapy, 1790-1850

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781786942210
eISBN:
9781789629972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786942210.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Chapter four examines Mary Shelley’s 1826 novel The Last Man, which tells the story of an incurable plague that kills all of humanity. Shelley interrogates the Romantic belief in the possibility of a ... More


Sovereignty, Race, and Melancholy in the Transatlantic Romantic Novel

in On Lingering and Being Last: Race and Sovereignty in the New World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229406
eISBN:
9780823240982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823229406.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

This chapter offers a different understanding of the role of melancholic discourse in romanticism, whatever may be the attractions of an “interested cosmopolitanism.” The author argues that the ... More


Introduction: Postapocalyptic Pastoral

Mark Payne

in Flowers of Time: On Postapocalyptic Fiction

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691205946
eISBN:
9780691206400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691205946.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on postapocalyptic fiction, which imagine the life that human beings might lead after the apocalyptic event has passed. It references large-scale works of literary fiction that ... More


The “vast prison” of the World: Counter-Anthropocenes in the Works of Mary Shelley

Lisa Ottum

in Gendered Ecologies: New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781949979046
eISBN:
9781789629705
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781949979046.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

How might an Anthropocene feminism reshape literary history? Conventionally, green Romanticism is conceptualized as a cluster of proto-environmentalist attitudes articulated by (mostly male) Romantic ... More


Embodied Antiquity: Mary Shelley’s Relationships with the Past

James Uden

in Spectres of Antiquity: Classical Literature and the Gothic, 1740-1830

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190910273
eISBN:
9780190910303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190910273.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The final chapter of the book turns to the nexus between classical antiquity, Romanticism, and the Gothic, as it is reflected in the writings of Mary Shelley. “Reanimation” has been frequently ... More


Of an Amazing Lightness: The Last Man (1953–1957)

Christophe Bident

in Maurice Blanchot: A Critical Biography

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823281763
eISBN:
9780823284825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823281763.003.0045
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Addresses The Last Man, a relatively short narrative by Blanchot whose influences and aesthetics are unpacked here. We are shown how the thinking of notions such as language, solitude, and death ... More


It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Queer: Mary Shelley, Queer Affect, and Shapeshifting Through The Last Man

Kate Singer

in Material Transgressions: Beyond Romantic Bodies, Genders, Things

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621778
eISBN:
9781800341463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621778.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Even as Mary Shelley’s The Last Man revolves around a contagious plague, it studies a parallel phenomenon, trans-corporeal affects that transform bodies, things, and our very notions of materiality. ... More


The Last Man on Earth, or Film as Countdown

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on dates and countdowns in apocalyptic films. Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) opens with a scrolling text that starts with “Early in the 21st century.” In the exposition that ... More


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