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The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France
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The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France

Julia V. Douthwaite

Abstract

The French Revolution brings to mind violent mobs, the guillotine, and Madame Defarge, but it was also a publishing revolution: more than 1,200 novels were published between 1789 and 1804, when Napoleon declared the Revolution at an end. This book explores how the works within this enormous corpus announced the new shapes of literature to come and reveals that vestiges of these stories can be found in novels by the likes of Mary Shelley, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, and L. Frank Baum. Deploying political history, archival research, and textual analysi ... More

Keywords: French Revolution, publishing revolution, Napoleon, Mary Shelley, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, symbolic stories, Louis XVI, Robespierre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226160580
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226160634.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia V. Douthwaite, author