Week 7 – "Creative Tension: The post-Frankenstein collaboration of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley"

By Katherine Fender

Anna Mercer


(University of York)

This week*, we’re delighted to be welcoming Anna Mercer – a first-year doctoral candidate from the University of York – to speak to us about the creative collaboration of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Abstract

Percy Bysshe Shelley (PBS) and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (MWS) collaborated on the latter’s first major work, Frankenstein. 1816-1818 was a period of shared productivity for the Shelleys; as well as Frankenstein, they also produced a joint publication, History of a Six Weeks’ Tour. Beyond this, however, the Shelleys’ literary relationship and dialogue is little considered by critics, their connection reduced to a source for biographical interpretations of their distinctly separate or individual writings.

My research aims to study the Shelleys’ relationship in a literary sense, considering the connections between their texts, their intellectual responses to each other, and the reciprocal interchange of ideas between a literary couple that were reading and writing together from 1814-1822. This paper explores an approach to the Shelleys’ compositions post-Frankenstein, including MWS’s second novel, Matilda, and its connections to PBS’s verse-drama The Cenci. MWS comments on her involvement with PBS’s composition of The Cenci in 1819: ‘We talked over the arrangements of …read more

Source: http://romanticrealignments.blogspot.com/2014/03/week-7-creative-tension-post.html