The indirect path to the literary canon exemplified by Shelley's Frankenstein

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In his article "The Indirect Path to the Literary Canon Exemplified by Shelley's Franken-stein" David Fishelov examines the indirect path of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the literary canon. Fishelov offers a multi-dimensional model for describing the dynamic process of acquiring, maintaining, and changing canonical status. The model emphasizes the important role played by artistic dialogues and echoes that certain works initiate or inspire in other authors and artists in the form of allusion, homage, parody, and adaptation. The data introduced in the article suggest that the popular cinematic versions of Frankenstein probably not only played a mediating role but also contributed to making Mary Shelley's novel part and parcel of the contemporary literary canon.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalCLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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