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In “More Words about ‘My Words to Victor Frankenstein,’” the author reflects on the impact and reception of “My Words to Victor Frankenstein above the Village of Chamounix” twenty years on. The author addresses criticisms that her essay did not sufficiently engage with the political and historical context of Shelley’s novel. The author argues that her approach was intentionally personal and subjective. At the twenty-five-year mark, the author is now writing in a context in which queer theory has expanded into, and been linked up with, a critique of the biopolitical, via which categories of life are categorized, ranked, and valued—or treated as waste.

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