Sublimity of Frankenstein

In her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley confronts the sublimity of nature through the narratives of Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein. According to Edmund Burke’s Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, “Whatever is in any sort terrible…is a source of the sublime; that is, it is productive of the… Continue reading Sublimity of Frankenstein

Femininity Lost

Eve is the primary representation of femininity in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. There are other feminine characters, such as Sin, as well as concepts or objects given feminine characterization, such as light and the earth. Given the Biblical account of creation and Milton’s historical and cultural context, there is little reason, literary or otherwise, for… Continue reading Femininity Lost