Why Is Mary In the Attic? Frankenstein & the Challenge of Authorship (An Open Salon Re-Post)

Thank you for this excellent post. I had no idea her authorship was in question. Thank you for shedding light on this debate and defending Mary Shelley.

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

(In this Women-in-Horror month re-post from my defunct Open Salon blog, “The Horror” originally published on February 16, 2015, I want to share with you a second case of Literary gender assault which I referenced in the previous post. This is a real “controversy”… a debate, and a Critical argument being discussed in academia and elsewhere. What I ask you to do is to read this post and ask “why” it is even being entertained…)

Most women who write and read Horror are used to the idea that it is predominantly men in the driver’s seat of our canon. Most of us are fine with the works chosen to represent canon. After all, we girls have Mary, author of Frankenstein. Yet a closer look reveals the very real reason the arc of feminism has risen through the Critical ashes: because several “someones” have been trying to put our Mary in the attic…

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2 thoughts on “Why Is Mary In the Attic? Frankenstein & the Challenge of Authorship (An Open Salon Re-Post)

  1. Thank you for the re-blog! If nothing else, I hope this gives female writers pause…We need to protect our reputations and those of women who have gone before us. And we need to demand of Literary Critics the same treatment extended to other historic writers with works of uncertain provenance — male writers — whose works are left respectfully intact while resting in the canon!


    • It certainly did give me pause! It makes me furious to think that some human (male) beings in the past and still, presently, can possibly think that way. Their egos are way too inflated! Karen 🙂


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