Tag Archives: Mary Shelley

Another Way Frankenstein Is Relevant

Friday I somehow missed this New Yorker article on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein when it appeared last year in observance of the novel’s 200th anniversary. Although anti-Trump pundits have frequently cited Frankenstein in recent years to capture how the GOP created a monster it couldn’t control (see here and here), Joan Lepore argues that the novel […]

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The GOP Marries Its Monster

Shelley’s monster classic is frequently cited in political discussions, especially regarding Trump. Dr. Frankenstein, however, does not enable the monster.

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Facebook Escapes Its Creator

After refusing to acknowledged it was used by the Russians, Facebook is admitting that operatives did in fact buy ads that influenced the election. The Frankenstein story comes to mind.

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Shelley Predicted Microsoft’s AI Problems

Monday My son Tobias Wilson-Bates, currently a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech, recently published a short essay about robotics and literature in a school newsletter. Sign me up immediately for the Proud Fathers Club. The relationship between machines and literature has long fascinated Tobias, which makes Georgia Tech a good place for him […]

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Panicked by Trump? Turn to Lit

As Trump panic starts to set in, pundits are turning to literature to get an understanding of how it has all happened. This past week saw references to “Oedipus,” “Frankenstein,” “War and Peace,” and “Slaughterhouse Five.”

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Trump as Frankenstein’s Monster

What is it about Donald Trump that brings out the literary analogies? First a Salon columnist compared him to Odysseus’s Cyclops, then the New Yorker’s John Cassidy saw him as Gulliver, and most recently Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and others have compared him to Frankenstein’s monster. I’ve written about the Cyclops parallel here, but let’s take […]

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Alice in Standardized Education Land

“Alice in Wonderland” can be read as an early attack on standardized education.

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GOP, Obama Have Both Created Monsters

Karl Rove and Barack Obama have both “created monsters” (in the Tea Party and drone strikes respectively). Mary Shelley would understand.

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