IMPORTANT: Report #2 + more…

Just a reminder that you can pick up your Report #2 tomorrow in class. Remember that you need this copy back, along with Tom’s comments, in order to complete the Final Report.

Also, to follow up on Jesse’s excellent insight about Frankenstein‘s primary intertexts, here is a link to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” This is not required reading, but I do recommend it. It’s one of the great English poems and a particularly entertaining yet representative example of Romantic poetry and philosophy. Mary Shelley even has Victor Frankenstein quote a whole stanza from the poem (page 36 of our addition). It’s also a narrative poem–so perfect for our course. Actually, not only is it a narrative poem, it is also a narrative poem about narrative–or about the power of storytelling, the compulsion to tell stories, the rhetorical uses of stories, and the uses of stories as a mode of absolution and self-understanding.

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