Frankenstein, urban walking and the uncanny.

Mr Hanson's English

In the last blog, I wrote about the connections between walking and nature in Frankenstein. On the one hand, there are the rational, Romantic imaginations of Victor and Clerval who observe and document the landscape to present it to the reader as if they were viewing the scene through a cinema screen; on the other hand, there is the physicality of the monster’s walking, the sensory documentation of his body’s reaction and response to the exertion of his perambulations. And then there exists, in the interstices of these two, Victor’s own sensory exertions which he experiences on his treks across the Arctic: when he becomes the hunter and slave to his vengeance, he too begins to describe the physical, bodily response to the walking.

In this blog, I’d like to turn to the ways in which Mary Shelley describes walking through urban landscapes. Mary certainly enjoyed walking: the word…

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