Our popular edition of Frankenstein just got better! Welcome to Broadview’s Online Critical Editions
This fall at Broadview we are trying something new and exciting with three of our best-loved Broadview Editions—Frankenstein, Heart of Darkness, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: we are publishing extensive websites focused on critical approaches to each text. These Online Critical Editions will include a dozen or more articles offering recent criticism on the text, a set of foundational theory articles, a bank of images relating to the text, and a glossary providing brief overviews of common approaches to literary theory and criticism.
The academics who have taken a look at these critical editions clearly share our enthusiasm. “An invaluable resource,” says Anne Mellor of the Frankenstein site. “I love this website,” says Jenifer Mohammed of the University of Manitoba of the same site, while David Sandner of Cal State Fullerton praises it as “a resource that’s easy for students to navigate, while drawing them ever deeper into an intellectual engagement with the text.”
These Online Critical Editions are of course something of a departure from past editorial practices at Broadview. Our approach to publishing editions of literary and other texts has been clearly defined and very distinctive ever since the D.L. Macdonald and Kathleen Scherf Broadview edition of Frankenstein was published in 1992. A Broadview edition includes a variety of contextual materials from the era in which the work first appeared—and does not include modern critical essays.
That contextualizing approach has been warmly welcomed by a great many academics for a great many courses. But for some purposes, it’s simply not a good fit. When instructors are assigned first year “Approaches to Literature” courses, for example, where the expectation is that two or three works of literature will be covered in depth from a variety of different critical and theoretical approaches, many naturally think first of Norton Critical Editions or Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism. But many have also said to us over the years that they wished they could use Broadview editions in such circumstances—that they could have the richness of historical contextualization that Broadview offers plus a rich selection of modern theoretical perspectives.
As of this fall, we will be able to offer just that for three of our most popular titles.
Because these materials are online, of course, it’s possible to offer far more variety (and far greater choice to the instructor) than is possible in a bound book critical edition. And it will be possible to add to and revise each site easily and quickly.
Senior Editor Laura Buzzard of Broadview has led the way in preparing material for these sites; she’s been assisted by various others at Broadview—and we’ve received a great deal of assistance from academics as well. Jeffrey Spears of NYU has provided invaluable advice on the selection of visual materials. John Peters of the University of North Texas has acted as general editor of the Heart of Darkness site—and has done a superb job. And many others have provided invaluable advice.
What will the cost to students be to access one of these sites? Just $6.95—for access in perpetuity, not for a six month or one year access period. And the price goes down if access is purchased together with a new copy of the relevant Broadview edition. The Broadview edition of Frankenstein, for example, currently sells for $12.95; the price for the bound book plus access to the Online Critical editions Frankenstein website is just $15.95.
For any academic who would like to check out these sites with a view to possibly choosing them for future courses, access is free, of course; just let us know and we’ll send you an access code. In the meantime, a sample Table of Contents and some screenshots are included below for your information.
I do hope you’ll check out Broadview’s new Online Critical editions—and that you’ll give one or more of them a try with your students in the near future!
All the best,
Available September 30, 2015
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Articles on Frankenstein
- Ellen Moers, from “Female Gothic: The Monster’s Mother”
- Sandra Gilbert, from “Horror’s Twin: Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Eve”
- Peter Brooks, from “Godlike Science/Unhallowed Arts: Language, Nature, and Monstrosity”
- Ronald Paulson, from “Gothic Fiction and the French Revolution”
- Devon Hodges, from “Frankenstein and the Feminine Subversion of the Novel”
- Franco Moretti, from “The Dialectic of Fear”
- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, from A Critique of Postcolonial Reason
- Paul O’Flinn, from “Production and Reproduction: The Case of Frankenstein”
- Anne K. Mellor, “Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein”
- Anne K. Mellor, “Choosing a Text of Frankenstein to Teach”
- Bette London, from “Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity”
- H.L. Malchow, from “Frankenstein’s Monster and Images of Race in Nineteenth Century Britain”
- David Hirsch, from “Liberty, Equality, Monstrosity: Revolutionizing the Family in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”
- John Bugg, “‘Master of their language’: Education and Exile in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”
- Sharon Ruston, from “Resurrecting Frankenstein”
- Peter Otto, from Multiplying Worlds: Romanticism, Modernity, and the Emergence of Virtual Reality
Foundational Theory Articles
- Feminism and Queer Theory
- Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, from “The Queen’s Looking Glass: Female Creativity, Male Images of Women, and the Metaphor of Literary Paternity”
- Michel Foucault, “The Perverse Implantation”
- Judith Butler, from “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution”
- Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, from “The Beast in the Closet”
- Karl Marx, from The Communist Manifesto
- Karl Marx, from Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts
- New Criticism
- W.K. Wimsatt, Jr. and M.C. Beardsley, “The Intentional Fallacy”
- Cleanth Brooks, “The Formalist Critics”
- Postcolonial Theory
- Edward Said, from Orientalism
- Psychoanalytic Theory
- Sigmund Freud, from “The Material and Sources of Dreams”
- Sigmund Freud, from The Ego and the Id
- Ferdinand de Saussure, from Course in General Linguistics
- Theory and the Gothic
- Sigmund Freud, from “The Uncanny”
- J.J. Cohen, from “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)”
- Julia Kristeva, from Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
Introduction to Theory
- Affect Theory
- Animal Studies
- Cultural Materialism
- Feminist and Gender-Based Criticism and Theory
- Formalism, New Formalism, and New Criticism
- Historicism and New Historicism
- Marxist Theory and Criticism
- Mythopoeic Theory and Criticism
- Narratology and Narrative Theory
- Postcolonial Theory
- Print Culture and History of the Book
- Psychoanalytic Criticism
- Queer Theory
- Reader Response Theory
- Structuralism and Poststructuralism
- Illustrated Editions and Related Images
- Nightmare and Frankenstein