Dolan_11022007 - Contagious Others The Egyptian Ophthalmia...

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Unformatted text preview: Contagious Others: The Egyptian Ophthalmia in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Elizabeth A. Dolan [email protected] From Seeing Suffering in Women’s 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 Victor’s 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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