Thursday, October 25, 2018

But maybe not enough …

… Fiona Sampson ‘In Search of Mary Shelley’: New Biography Sheds Light on Genius Behind ‘Frankenstein’ | National Review. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Does this narrative do Mary a disservice, I wonder? Was she not a smart, strong woman — a genius, even — who knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to get it? And was she also not, perhaps, a bit cruel and cold-blooded in her treatment of others? Sometimes it’s hard to fathom the elasticity of some feminist readings that bend and break under the weight of their own excuses.

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