Michael E. Sinatra is Professor of English at the University of Montréal. Trained as a Romanticist at Oxford and a specialist of Leigh Hunt, he has been involved in electronic publications and digital humanities for twenty years. He is the founding editor of the SSHRC-funded electronic peer-reviewed journal, Romanticism on the Net (founded in 1996 in Oxford and hosted on the Érudit platform since 2002), which expanded its focus into the Victorian period in 2007, changing its name to Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN). Alongside Marcello Vitali-Rosati, he launched an innovative publication series entitled “Parcours numériques” in the spring of 2014, which includes their volume Manuel des pratiques de l’édition numérique. He is also the team leader of the “Groupe de recherche sur les éditions critiques en contexte numérique.”
Ever since Ellen Moer's « Literary Women » (1976), « Frankenstein » has been recognized as a novel in which issues about authorship are intimately bound up with those of gender. The work has frequently been related to the circumstance of Shelley's combining the biological role of mother with the social role of author. [...]
Throughout his life, Percy Shelley remained constantly under attacks from reviewers. The criticisms were directed at the content of his works, his (supposed) imitative style, or his personal life. [...]
Questions of gender and genre in Frankenstein remain complex issues for contemporary critics, in the novel itself as well as in its cinematographic adaptations, from John Whale's classic 1931 version to Kenneth Branagh's 1994 "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Though science seems to be the unifying principle behind the main story of the novel and the films, I will argue that Shelley incorporates science and sexual orientation within her novel in a way that differs significantly from the films, and especially from Branagh's version.
Prefaces are often disregarded by readers who, more often than not, start
without taking time to peruse them first. Sir Walter Scott knew this
perfectly well, and he wrote about it, very wittily, in 'A PostScript Which
Should Have Been a Preface', the last chapter of his novel Waverley
written in 1814: 'most novel readers, as my own conscience reminds me,
are apt to be guilty of the sin of omission respecting the same matter of
prefaces' . Scott refers to novel readers but poetry readers are also 'guilty
of the sin of omission', maybe even more so in so far as they may wish,
understandably enough, to read only poetry and not a prose introduction.
Many critics include prefaces in their analysis, but most of the time only as
a means of interpreting the work they precede. Thus critics limit the role of
prefaces simply to introductory materials and exclude any other potential
interpretation. It is sometimes forgotten that the very presence or absence
of a preface is already pregnant with meaning. [...]
Leigh Hunt's authorship of « A legend of Florence » (1840) — a drama inspired by the rich cultural, intellectual, and political climate of Italy — reflects, as Michael Eberle-Sinatra demonstrates in the final essay of the first section, not only a literary exchange between England and Italy, but argues that during the creation of his play, Hunt engaged in his own version of border crossing as he managed the transition between writing about and writing for the stage. A complex maneuver that required Hunt to rech beyond his own intellectual boundaries, the shift from critic to dramatist challenged and enriched his thoughts regarding the work of the theater.