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Frankensteinian re-articulations in Scotland
Monstrous marriage, maternity, and the politics of embodiment
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In view of Scotland’s featured role in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as the site of the female monster’s creation, in combination with the popular stereotype of Scotland as a site of gender subversion inhabited by putatively transgressive, intellectual, and authoritative female ‘monsters’ both imaginary (Lady Macbeth) and real (Mary Queen of Scots), this essay examines how and with what implications Frankenstein was granted new life in Scottish literature of the 1980s and beyond.  In works by Liz Lochhead, Iain Banks, Alasdair Gray, and Janice Galloway, written in the wake of Second-Wave feminism and the aftermath of the failed Scottish Referendum of 1979, when Scotland witnessed an exciting cultural renaissance that continues into the present day, writers reconfigured Frankenstein to take up questions of maternity, modernity, gender roles and relations, and national identity.

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