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Building the Perfect Beast

Synopsis
Presents a wide range of views about the importance and possible meaning of the Creature in Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein’. Identifies the mythic status that the work seems to have acquired in contemporary western culture and examines: the connection between science and technology and the story of Frankenstein; the idea of birth and the relationship between parents and children; issues of responsibility; the degree to which a ‘look’ creates social exclusion; a specifically gendered reading of the text; readings of Frankenstein historically (as a debate on Rousseau’s ideas of the noble savage, a mataphor for the French revolution, Eve’s narrative, etc.); the decision to create and then destroy culture. Also looks at ways the novel and its characters and ideas have been transformed since it was originally written.
Series
Approaching Literature, Course A210
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 49 min.
Year of production
1996
Availability
Off-air recording licence
Subjects
English language and literature
Keywords
Fiction in English; Shelley, Mary; writers - English

Credits

Producer
Tony Coe

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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