05 Mary Shelley and The Evil Novel from The Sisterhood of Science Fiction – Dr. Rosanne Welch


So Frankenstein is fascinating but tell me,
what you notice about these two copies of this book?
What’s different? The covers are different in what way? {Audience: The font is a little more sinister.) True. True. The font is a little more
sinister. There’s also a big difference. (Audience: Her name isn’t on it) In 1818 they’re not gonna publish a book
written by a woman because not only were women not supposed to write novels — they
weren’t supposed to read novels because they’ll rot your brain and damage your
interior organs such that you can’t have children.
Yes. Which is kind of what we say about video games these days. So every new
piece of media is going to rot your brain and destroy you. Now we say destroys
the boys as well as the girls but still there was this idea that women should
not dabble in that business of novels. They were very bad for you, which is kind
of hilarious cuz now I’m telling you to read a novel over the summer. It will be good for you.

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