Note: Intro of an Essay


In the Integral Program reading secondary source texts is almost entirely unheard of; unless one (or some) of the innumerable bureaucrats here among the Saint Mary’s College of California family deem that the best way to read the Great Books is to, in fact, not read them, but rather, to read about them. This essay will begin by exploring George Levine’s “Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism”, which is a critique of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Then proceed to ascertain the use of this secondary source in reading Frankenstein. The question put before this author was “Does the reading of this piece of criticism help read some particular passage in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? To which this author believes that answer to be no; further reading secondary sources, while entertaining and potentially enlightening, rarely serve utility in reading an particular passages of an original text.