“A Different Earth”

Literary Space in Mary Shelley’s Novels


52,00 € *

1. Edition, 2019
284 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-6983-5
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: Britannica et Americana. 3. Folge, Volume No.: 34
Available: 13.08.2019

Keywords: Imagination, englische Romantik, englische Literaturwissenschaft, 19. Jahrhundert, Shelley, Mary, Raumkonzepte, Spatial Studies, Gothic Novels, literarischer Raum, sozialer Raum


Inspired by the “spatial turn,” this book takes a fresh look at three of Mary Shelley’s novels: ‘Frankenstein’, ‘The Last Man’, and ‘Lodore’. It examines the literary and social spaces constructed in these three novels. The novels complement each other in the way in which the interaction between text and space is played through in each of them. In all three, however, space emerges as a socially and politically powerful construct, and the literary text itself is seen to play an important role in its construction.

The three novels also implicitly reflect on their own role in this process. In this way, Shelley makes the naturalising logic of the spatial imagination visible, and challenges this logic in the process. Thus, the focus on literary space opens up an interesting perspective from which Shelley’s political and aesthetic concerns can be re-examined.