WEFOUNDHideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema (Film and Culture) (Film and Culture Series) by Angela Smith (2012-02-10)


Opening up this door, allows the reader to find parallels throughout the entire story. One could even say that like the creature, the novel consumed Shelley’s life as it grew. Much more can be shown to support this comparison. Knowing that Shelley’s popular horror story could have just been a story about herself and her own creation changes our entire perspective. As we read now, we can wonder if this was her intent. With this idea out in the open, ignoring it is impossible. Instead of a story intended to scare an audience, this novel could have been written to explain in different terms to the reader, what this novel meant to her and how it affected her life.

I thought your essay was really good and organized. It remained very focused throughout the essay. I thought you did a good job elaborating your quotes and using quotes to make a point without overloading on the quotes. I think your argument is interesting and you make some very good points. I particularly liked your conclusion because it opened up the opportunity for the reader to look for more parallels throughout the book. 🙂

1. Horror films—History and criticism.        2. People with disabilities in motion pictures.        3. Grotesque in motion pictures.        4. Eugenics in motion pictures.        I. Title.

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An earlier version of chapter 1 appeared as "Monsters in the Bed: The Horror-Film Eugenics of Dracula and Frankenstein ," in Susan Currell and Christina Cogdell, eds., Popular Eugenics: National Efficiency and American Mass Culture in the 1930s (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006).

Opening up this door, allows the reader to find parallels throughout the entire story. One could even say that like the creature, the novel consumed Shelley’s life as it grew. Much more can be shown to support this comparison. Knowing that Shelley’s popular horror story could have just been a story about herself and her own creation changes our entire perspective. As we read now, we can wonder if this was her intent. With this idea out in the open, ignoring it is impossible. Instead of a story intended to scare an audience, this novel could have been written to explain in different terms to the reader, what this novel meant to her and how it affected her life.

I thought your essay was really good and organized. It remained very focused throughout the essay. I thought you did a good job elaborating your quotes and using quotes to make a point without overloading on the quotes. I think your argument is interesting and you make some very good points. I particularly liked your conclusion because it opened up the opportunity for the reader to look for more parallels throughout the book. 🙂


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