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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Negotiating the Boundaries: Alterity, Pollution, and Becoming in Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein"

I will argue that the creature in Shelley's "Frankenstein" does not horrify solely for his status as a deformed being, but for the ability of his body to figure alterity, which lends him the power to pollute human sites. Because the creature cannot be assimilated into human society, he offers a fluid figure of becoming. Alterity, pollution, and becoming will exhibit how Shelley, through the creature, negotiates boundaries.

Presenters: Brenna Doran (Graduate Student)
Mary Ganster (Undergraduate Student)
Matthew Johnson (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 3 pm (Session IV)