King-eating Colossus of Revolutionary France and its Connection to Frankenstein’s Monster

As the French Revolution entered its most radical years, there emerged in print a recurring figure, the collective power of the people expressed as a single gigantic body — a king-eating Colossus. Samantha Wesner traces the lineage of this nouveau Hercules, from Erasmus Darwin’s Bastille-breaking giant to a latter incarnation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
— Read the lengthy post on publicdomainreview.org/essay/revolutionary-colossus

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