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Modernity As Anthropolarity: The Human Economy Of Frankenstein

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This chapter attempts, through the assembly of several fragments necessary to our interpretation of Frankenstein, to begin to redescribe the self-organising system of capitalist society as a 'human economy'. It tries to distil the central contradiction of the novel, the 'riddle' of the monster which centres on the idea that he is the cipher of both the form of modern industrial-capitalist society emerging in 1818 and the human remainder of that society. The chapter focuses primarily on the first pole, since the creature's rejection by European society in the novel is much more obvious and has been comprehensively analysed by scholars. The relation of Frankenstein and his creature is a polarity, a dynamic, rather than a simple, opposition or, in different terms, an internal separation. Frankenstein offers a glimpse of the paradoxical situation of the humanity in the age of anthropolarity.

Keywords: anthropolarity; Frankenstein; human economy

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