Battle of the books at MLA

Douthwaite_J_Frankenstein_Astbury book cover

Friday, 10 January, at the Mayfair room in the Sheraton Chicago
Session 237. Revolutionary Afterlives: Why Do We Continue to Care about the French Revolution?
10:15–11:30 a.m.
A special session
Presiding: Margaret Anne Cohen, Stanford Univ.
Speakers: Katherine Astbury, Univ. of Warwick; Julia V. Douthwaite, Univ. of Notre Dame; Mary McAlpin, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville;
Biliana Kassabov, Stanford Univ.

The literature of the French Revolution generated later developments in fiction and politics, yet it remains unknown. Two new books fill that gap in radically different ways: The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France and Narrative Responses to the Trauma of the French Revolution. This “creative conversation” invites the audience to join speakers in debating the relative benefits to be gained by Douthwaite’s new positivism as opposed to Astbury’s trauma theory.

keywords: Revolution, Fiction, Terror, Trauma, Romanticism

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