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Unformatted text preview: Contagious Others: The Egyptian Ophthalmia in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Elizabeth A. Dolan bdolan@lehigh.edu From Seeing Suffering in Womens Literature of the Romantic Period, Ashgate Press (2008) Plot summary Embedded narration Robert Walton (sea captain and frame narrator who writes the story in letters to his sister) Victor Frankenstein (scientist who tells his story to Walton when rescued by his ship) The Creature (tells his story to Victor, story is embedded in Victors retelling to Walton) Outline and Terms Introduction Physical invisibility Cultural invisibility Contagion Othering Endemic Epidemic Sympathy Sympathetic contagion Alienating deformity Introduction Mary Shelley My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out . . . Introduction Victor I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open ; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its...
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This note was uploaded on 03/09/2008 for the course BIOS 95 taught by Professor Varies during the Spring '08 term at Lehigh University .

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