The politics of monstrosity; the monster speaks - Mary Shelley's novel; tales of transgression, fables of industry - Hoffman, Hawthorne, Melville and Gaskell; the galvanic world - Carlyle and the Dickens monster; Karl Marx's vampires and grave-diggers; dangerous discoveries and mad scientists - some late-Victorian horrors; monsters of empire - Conrad and Lawrence; realism and the aspiring anatomist.
'interesting and readable book ... This is a book which can be enjoyed by the general reader as well as the specialist - in fact, by anyone with an interest in the Gothic, in Romantic literature, and in ways in which myth influences our perceptions.' Lynn F. Williams, Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1991 'Baldick's survey is neither exhaustive nor shockingly original, but it does usefully trace some important obsessions through the nineteenth century. Baldick's readings are usually subtle. He is able to appreciate Lawrence's absurdly reductive hostility toward science, while honouring Lawrence's fitful acuteness.' Kirby Farrell, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Kritikon Litterarum 18 (1991) American and English Studies 'Briskly and cogently written, this is an important, original book.' VQR 'an absorbing book ... this careful study will be welcome to student and critic alike' Hugo Donnelly, University of Southampton, Review of English Studies `enormously learned, closely reasoned, incisively expressed' D. J. Enright, Times Literary Supplement `no one else has matched the pre-history of Frankenstein so well with the post-history, or indeed attempted a sustained account of what could be called the book's external relations.' Marilyn Butler, London Review of Books