Words as Witness: Remembering the Present in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract In times of radical change, a double bind underwriting modes of knowing increases as habits in perception are destabilized. The agency of cognition is greatly dependent on techniques of recognition, while the ability to rethink or recognize is bound up in and facilitated through processes of aesthetic organization, with representation important amongst them. In a context of radical change, what challenges might language and literature face as possible modes of cognition and representation? Originally published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus emerges from an era defined by radical change. I want to reconsider its capacity for addressing change by reading it as a technography – writing that is both about technology while also functioning in the capacity of technology – with regard to its techniques of usage, how language as a theme in the novel has been and might be interpreted, and how these together relate to the novel’s historically situated reflections on techno-social transition.
Authors Loren, Scott
Editors Tudeau-Clayton, Margaret & Hilpert, Martin
Journal or Publication Title SPELL Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature
Language English
Keywords Frankenstein, dual revolution, language as technology, modernity, technography, techno-social transition
Subjects social sciences
cultural studies
other research area
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Refereed Yes
Date 2018
Publisher Narr Franke Attempo Verlag
Place of Publication Tübingen
Volume SPELL Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature
Number 36
Page Range 67-100
Contact Email Address scott.loren@unisg.ch
Depositing User Dr. Scott Loren
Date Deposited 01 Mar 2019 11:09
Last Modified 01 Mar 2019 11:09
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/256708

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Loren, Scott (2018) Words as Witness: Remembering the Present in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. SPELL Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature, SPELL Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature (36). 67-100.

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