This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting what faculty members in The University of Tulsa Department of English are reading this summer. Check back often for updates. Enjoy!
“Most people are familiar with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, often called the first science fiction novel, but fewer people are aware that she wrote the first post-apocalyptic novel, as well. This summer, I’ll be reading Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, in which a horrible plague destroys the human race, save a sole survivor. My current book project is titled Religion Around Mary Shelley, and I’m very interested in the ways in which Shelley treats (or rather, fails to treat) religion in the novel. Despite her personal faith, the apocalypse in The Last Man is divorced from any sense of Biblical cosmology.”
Jennifer Airey is an associate professor in the TU English Department.