Frankenstein (Draft)

Need to come back to this — review your OneNote and compile some sort of satisfactory placeholder post for how much you lvoe this book.

Absurdly many connections to Moby-Dick — generally, great literature as creating complex metaphors applicable to nearly all situations (Frankenstein’s Monster, or Moby-Dick, or essential structuralism in Joseph Campbellian fashion…)

Chauncey Loomis “The Arctic Sublime” (1977)

Barry Lopez –  Arctic Dreams (1986)

Zaria Foreman –

NBWM Away Then Floats the Ice Island

How bout a book on Frankenstein as one of the primary sources of Science Fiction as well as Environmentalism?  Enviro-SciFi with Frankenstein as the starting point… (Still want a 19th century Sci-Fi only class… The Great Moon Hoax)


William Farfield Warren — Paradise Found (BU President) Eden = north pole.  <–must check this book out

People forget that Frankenstein both begins and ends at the North Pole.

Benjamin Franklin and the Lost Franklin Expedition — a search for the monster?

The symbolism of ice has radically changed and allows for some useful misreadings of classics, like Frankenstein.

Jane Eyre “Of these death-white realms I formed an idea of my own: shadowy, like all the half-comprehended notinons that float dim through children’s brains, but straingely impressive.” — and driven them to cannibalism.

Loomis (107) “There was a feeling that if Franklin went out into the Arctic and mastered it, man would somehow be enlarged in mind and soul.  Instead, the Arctic had swallowed him, obliterated him.” YES. Also challenger. “Full terror of the Arctic Sublime begna to be felt.”

Fredrich — 1822 The Wreck of the Hope; all fantasy, no factual account. Loomis calls it a “nightmare” punctuated by its lifelessness.

“Did you not call this a glorious expedition? And wherefore was it glorious? not because the way was smooth and placid as a southern sea but because it was full of dangers and terror; because, at every new incident, your fortitude was to be called forth and your courage exhibited; because danger and death surroudned, and these dangers you were to brave and overcome. For this was it a glorious, for this was it an hourable undertaking. You were hereafter to be hailed as the benefactors of your species; your name adored, as belonging to brave men who encountered death for honour and the benefit of mankind.  And now, behold, with the first imagination of danger, or, if you will, teh first mighty and terrific trial of your courage, you shrink away, and are content to be handed down as men who had not strength enough to endure cold and peril; and so, poor souls, they were chilly, and returend to their warm fire-sides…Oh! be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes, and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts might be; it is mutable, cannot withstand you, if you say that it shall not. Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your brows. Return as heroes who have fought and conquered, and hwo know not what it is to turn their backs on the foe.” (154-155 Norton Critical 2nd ed Frankenstein).

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