The Resource "My hideous progeny" : Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the father-daughter relationship, Katherine C. Hill-Miller

"My hideous progeny" : Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the father-daughter relationship, Katherine C. Hill-Miller

Label
"My hideous progeny" : Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the father-daughter relationship
Title
"My hideous progeny"
Title remainder
Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the father-daughter relationship
Statement of responsibility
Katherine C. Hill-Miller
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "My Hideous Progeny" : Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the Father-Daughter Relationship is a study of the influence of William Godwin on his daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. "My Hideous Progeny" explores Godwin's unsettling psychological legacy - and his generous intellectual gifts - to his daughter. The relationship between Mary Shelley and her father illustrates a typical pattern of female development and a typical course of father-daughter relationships over a lifetime. Mary Shelley's response to her father's influence is unforgettably portrayed in the figure of the father in the pages of her novels
  • William Godwin, a radical political philosopher and novelist, brought up the daughter he had with his lover Mary Wollstonecraft to be a thinker and writer. Unusual for the times, he trained her in literature, history, and the powers of the rational mind. Yet as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin grew into womanhood, her once supportive father rejected her. He distanced himself from her physically and emotionally during her adolescence, perhaps because of the incestuous feelings her developing womanhood called up. After Mary Godwin eloped to France at age sixteen with the married, atheistic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Godwin refused to speak with his daughter for almost two years. After Percy Shelley's death by drowning, Godwin changed once again: he relied on Mary Shelley heavily for emotional comfort and sustenance, and made it clear he wanted her continued financial support. Mary Shelley and her father maintained an intimate, troubled relationship until the day he died
  • William Godwin's influence on Mary Shelley pervades her novels, especially in the figure of the father. Her first two novels, Frankenstein and Mathilda, are both energized by the question of father-daughter incest. In Frankenstein, the spurned, abandoned monster can be viewed as a figure for a child made loathsome by the father's incestuous desire. Mary Shelley uses Frankenstein to chart the way a daughter can vent her rage on the figure of the father and eventually gain control over him. Mathilda focuses more directly than Frankenstein on the question of father-daughter incest; it is remarkable for its vivid portrayal of the ambivalent emotions of incest victims
  • Mary Shelley's last two novels, Lodore and Falkner, treat the problematic nature of the father-daughter relationship with equal skill. Lodore shows the crippling effects of a father's "sexual education" on his daughter - as well as the enabling power for a daughter when her father educates her instead in reason and the abstract powers of the mind. Falkner is the drama of a father figure and daughter locked in a relationship of passionate mutual devotion. Mary Shelley's final novel is a portrait of sexual conflict in which Rupert Falkner is tragically responsible for Elizabeth Raby's suffering - just as Elizabeth punishes and undermines her adopted father
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DLC
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Hill-Miller, Katherine
Dewey number
823/.7
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5398
LC item number
.H5 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Godwin, William
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Fathers and daughters in literature
Label
"My hideous progeny" : Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the father-daughter relationship, Katherine C. Hill-Miller
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-242) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
249 p.
Isbn
9780874135350
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94018535 //r95
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u926142-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AIE-8793
  • 01922
  • (OCoLC)30593135
Label
"My hideous progeny" : Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the father-daughter relationship, Katherine C. Hill-Miller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-242) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
249 p.
Isbn
9780874135350
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94018535 //r95
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u926142-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AIE-8793
  • 01922
  • (OCoLC)30593135

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