By Richard Gunderman
Indiana University 

What Mary Shelley's Frankenstein teaches us about the need for mothers


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(THE CONVERSATION) Motherhood is getting considerable attention, even if much of the news is concerning. Fertility rates are falling in America as millennials decide not to have children. This should hardly come as a surprise. The cost of raising a child to adulthood has been increasing and real median household income has only just regained its 1999 level.

At this time, when it could be argued that maternity is in decline, Mary Shelley’s classic work of literature, “Franke...

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