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Women, Science and Fiction

The Frankenstein Inheritance

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About this book


Since Mary Shelley drew inspiration for Frankenstein from the scientific speculations to which she attended as a 'nearly silent listener' at the now famous chateau in Switzerland, many other women have been similarly motivated to produce works informed by scientific theory. Successive chapters trace the history of women's science fiction writing from the turn of the century to the early 1990s, analysing how women writers have utilised the genre to critique the ideology that informs what counts as scientific knowledge.


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About the authors

DEBRA SHAW is Lecturer in Twentieth Century English Literature and Critical Theory at the University of North London. She is a member of the British Science Fiction Association.

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It has a number of strengths for scholars working in the area of science fiction and gender. It is highly readable... Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts