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Jeffrey, W.D. (1993). The Psychoanalytic Review. LXXVIII, 1991: Mary Shelley as Frankenstein. Elizabeth A. Waites. Pp. 583-598.. Psychoanal Q., 62:700.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Psychoanalytic Review. LXXVIII, 1991: Mary Shelley as Frankenstein. Elizabeth A. Waites. Pp. 583-598.

(1993). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 62:700

The Psychoanalytic Review. LXXVIII, 1991: Mary Shelley as Frankenstein. Elizabeth A. Waites. Pp. 583-598.

William D. Jeffrey

Shelley's novel Frankenstein incorporates uncanny primitive fantasies in a mixture of the naïve and the sophisticated. It can be understood as Shelley's response to her personal history, expressing pathological mourning and attempts at self-reparation. The author, exploring themes of self-disassociation, family romance, pregnancy, and motherhood, emphasizes Shelley's "uneasy awareness of social constraints that rendered any woman's 'masculine' achievements a Promethean act of hubris or a monstrous anomaly." Pregnancy and writing can be creative attempts to repair broken relationships and replace losses. Waites concludes that writing was not a successful solution to Shelley's conflicts, and that she resorted to more conventional solutions—pregnancy and domesticity.

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Jeffrey, W.D. (1993). The Psychoanalytic Review. LXXVIII, 1991. Psychoanal. Q., 62:700

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