Alexandra Swanson

Romantic Outlaws (Chapters 21-30): Motherhood, Literature, and Rebellion

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Chapters 21-30 of Charlotte Gordon’s Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her Daughter, Mary Shelley examine the relationship between authors’ biographies and their fiction, their romances, and their partnerships. While this segment of the book includes deeply intriguing criticism regarding the writing process and the ideal romantic partnership, Gordon has several disconcerting…

Romantic Outlaws (Chapters 11-20): Motherhood, Literature, and Rebellion

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Chapters 11-20 of Charlotte Gordon’s Romantic Outlaws follows Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley as they begin to publish their most influential literary texts. Though Wollstonecraft would later write several fictional works, her political and philosophical writings have been her most successful. A Vindication of the Rights of Man (1790) and A Vindication of the Rights…

Romantic Outlaws (chapters 1-10): Motherhood, Literature, and Rebellion

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Last week, I began to read Charlotte Gordon’s recent text, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her Daughter Mary Shelley. While these two women are unarguably two of the most fascinating figures in literary history, I nonetheless expected their biographies to be somewhat dry, likely due to my limited, stereotypical understanding of…

Austen, Monstrosity, and Femininity in the Regency Period

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As I watched the recently released trailer for the upcoming film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I couldn’t help but think that it was time for me to read Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody source-text. It’s exactly what one would expect the blending of zombies and Jane Austen to be: completely absurd and yet, somehow and undeniably…