Why Frankenstein ?

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Why Frankenstein ?. Technologies of Language. Orality : Creature ->Victor -> Walton. Technologies of Language. Orality : Creature ->Victor -> Walton Writing: Letters from Walton to sister; Elizabeth to Victor. Technologies of Language. Orality : Creature ->Victor -> Walton - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Why Frankenstein?

Why Frankenstein?Technologies of LanguageOrality: Creature ->Victor -> Walton

Technologies of LanguageOrality: Creature ->Victor -> WaltonWriting: Letters from Walton to sister; Elizabeth to Victor

Technologies of LanguageOrality: Creature ->Victor -> WaltonWriting: Letters from Walton to sister; Elizabeth to VictorPrint: Our book; 1818 edition vs. 1831 edition

Technologies of LanguageOrality: Creature ->Victor -> WaltonWriting: Letters from Walton to sister; Elizabeth to VictorPrint: our books; 1818 edition vs. 1831 editionElectronic edition

Anxiety of TechnologyPlatos critique of literacyThe affects of technology on the world, good and bad: I have become death, the destroyer of worlds. J.P. Openheimer

Ways of Reading (1)Reading: To inspect and interpret in thought any signs which represent words or discourse; to look over or scan something written, printed, etc. with understanding of what is meant by the letters or signs. OEDMarginalia and other CrimesTechnology of the bookPrint edition vs. electronic editionWays of Reading (2)Reading: The interpretation or meaning attached to anything, the view taken of it. Now also: the rendering given to a play or a character, a piece of music, etc. OEDWays in which the medium of reading affects how we interpret a text (hyperlinks, editorial notes, etc.)Construction of the HumanAre we the sum of our physical selves?Are we blank slates, learning what it is to be human from those around us?Are we the product of our environment, the geographies that surround and define us?Some combination of the above?We construct our online selves online: do we make monsters or gods?The Nature of FriendshipWe are social beingsWho do we include in our circle of friends, and who do we exclude? Dual nature of friendship: friend/fiend Does digital technology change the fundamental nature of friendship or simply facilitate it in new ways?Intertextuality A text cannot be created simply out of lived experience. A novelist writes a novel because he or she is familiar with this kind of textual organization of experience. Walter J. OngHamletParadise LostGhost storiesFables Frankenstein becomes the intertextual source for subsequent writing (i.e. Patchwork Girl)RemediationCan we think of Frankenstein as a remediated text?Foundation for looking at the other texts we will read in this class