Monday, August 14, 2017

Frankenstein (1818): The Norton Critical Edition

Frankenstein, Second Edition
Norton Critical Editions
Mary Shelley (Author), J. Paul Hunter (Editor, University of Chicago)

Book Details
Retail: $17.50
December 2011
ISBN: 978-0-393-92793-1
544 pages


The best-selling student edition on the market, now available in a Second Edition.

Almost two centuries after its publication, Frankenstein remains an indisputably classic text and Mary Shelley’s finest work.

This extensively revised Norton Critical Edition includes new texts and illustrative materials that convey the enduring global conversation about Frankenstein and its author. The text is that of the 1818 first edition, published in three volumes by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Jones. It is accompanied by an expansive new preface, explanatory annotations, a map of Geneva and its environs, and seven illustrations, five of them new to the Second Edition.

Context is provided in three supporting sections: “Circumstance, Influence, Composition, Revision,” “Reception, Impact, Adaptation,” and “Sources, Influences, Analogues.” Among the Second Edition’s new inclusions are historical-cultural studies by Susan Tyler Hitchcock, William St. Clair, and Elizabeth Young; Chris Baldrick on the novel’s reception; and David Pirie on the novel’s many film adaptations. Related excerpts from the Bible and from John Milton’s Paradise Lost are now included, as is Charles Lamb’s poem “The Old Familiar Faces.”

“Criticism” collects sixteen major interpretations of Frankenstein, nine of them new to the Second Edition. The new contributors are Peter Brooks, Bette London, Garrett Stewart, James. A. W. Heffernan, Patrick Brantlinger, Jonathan Bate, Anne Mellor, Jane Goodall, and Christa Knellwolf.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.


List of Illustrations


The Text of Frankenstein

map: Geneva and Its Environs

Title page (1818)

Dedication (1818)




  • Mary Shelley • Introduction to Frankenstein, Third Edition (1831)
  • John William Polidori • Letter Prefaced to The Vampyre (1819)
  • M. K. Joseph • The Composition of Frankenstein
  • Chris Baldick • [Assembling Frankenstein]
  • Richard Holmes • [Mary Shelley and the Power of Contemporary Science]
  • Christa Knellwolf and Jane Goodall • [The Significance of Place: Ingolstadt]
  • Charles E. Robinson • Texts in Search of an Editor: Reflections on The Frankenstein Notebooks and on Editorial Authority
  • Anne K. Mellor • Choosing a Text of Frankenstein to Teach

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley • On Frankenstein
  • [John Croker] • From the Quarterly Review (January 1818)
  • Sir Walter Scott • From Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (March 1818)
  • Edinburgh Magazine • [On Frankenstein] (March 1818)
  • Gentleman’s Magazine • [On Frankenstein] (April 1818)
  • Knight’s Quarterly • [On Frankenstein] (August–November 1824)
  • Hugh Reginald Haweis • Introduction to the Routledge World Library Edition (1886)
  • Chris Baldick • [The Reception of Frankenstein]
  • William St. Clair • [Frankenstein’s Impact]
  • Susan Tyler Hitchcock • [The Monster Lives On]
  • Elizabeth Young • [Frankenstein as Historical Metaphor]
  • David Pirie • Approaches to Frankenstein [in Film]

  • The Book of Genesis • [Biblical Account of Creation]
  • John Milton • From Paradise Lost
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley • Mont Blanc (1816)
  • [The Sea of Ice] (1817)
  • Mutability
  • George Gordon, Lord Byron • Prometheus
  • Darkness
  • From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto III (1816)
  • Charles Lamb • The Old Familiar Faces 


George Levine • Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism

Ellen Moers • Female Gothic: The Monster’s Mother

Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar • Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Eve

Mary Poovey • “My Hideous Progeny”: The Lady and the Monster

Anne K. Mellor • Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein

Peter Brooks • What Is a Monster? (According to Frankenstein)

Bette London • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity

Marilyn Butler • Frankenstein and Radical Science

Lawrence Lipking • Frankenstein, the True Story; or, Rousseau Judges Jean-Jacques

Garrett Stewart • In the Absence of Audience: Of Reading and Dread in Mary Shelley

James A. W. Heffernan • Looking at the Monster: Frankenstein and Film

Patrick Brantlinger • The Reading Monster

Jonathan Bate • [Frankenstein and the State of Nature]

Anne K. Mellor • Frankenstein, Racial Science, and the Yellow Peril

Jane Goodall • Electrical Romanticism

Christa Knellwolf • Geographic Boundaries and Inner Space: Frankenstein, Scientific Exploration, and the Quest for the Absolute

Mary Shelley: A Chronology

Selected Bibliography

Glut's The Frankenstein Archive

From the master of Frankensteiniana:

The Frankenstein Archive: Essays on the Monster, the Myth, the Movies, and More
Donald F. Glut

Price: $35.00
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-1353-9
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8069-2
55 photos, index
233pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2002
Available for immediate shipment

About the Book

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, first published in 1818, started a phenomeon that has survived the years and permeated many aspects of popular culture. It has spawned numerous films, television programs, books, comics, stage presentations, and the like, and continues to do so today.

Like the Frankenstein Monster, this work is made up of many individual parts, some of which are quite different in their specific themes, but all of which relate to Frankenstein in some way. They consider the untold true story of Frankenstein, Glenn Strange’s portrayals of the Monster, the portrayals of lesser-known actors who played the character, Peter Cushing and his role as Baron (and Dr.) Frankenstein, the classic film Young Frankenstein co-written by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder (who also starred in it), the battles between do-gooders and the Monster and other horror figures, Frankenstein in cartoons—and much more.

Each of the 15 essays, all written by the author, is prefaced with explanatory notes that place the essay in its historical perspective, comment on its origin and content, and where appropriate, supplement the text with new, additional, or otherwise relevant information. Richly illustrated.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Frankenstein: The (Untold) True Story 5

2 The "Strange" Frankenstein Monster 34

3 A Forgotten Frankenstein? 49

4 Peter Cushing: "Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume" 58

5 Young Frankenstein--Classic in the Making 66

6 Super-Heroes vs. Frankenstein (and Company) 81

7 "What’s Up, Doc Frankenstein (Jekyll and Fu Manchu)?" 96

8 The Beatles Meet Frankenstein 112

9 A Score of Frankenstein Misconceptions 117

10 Frankenstein on the Home-Movie Screen 138

11 "This Is Your Life, Frankenstein’s Monster" 152

12 Frankenstein Sings-and Dances, Too 157

13 Frankenstein in Four Colors 164

14 The Monster of Frankenstein (Almost) Returns 189

15 The New Adventures of Frankenstein 202

Index 217

About the Author

Donald F. Glut is a prolific book and article writer, and movie producer-director. He is the president of Frontline Entertainment and lives in Burbank, California.

Friedman and Kavey's Monstrous Progeny

Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives
By Lester D. Friedman, Allison B. Kavey

256 pages, 37 photographs, 152.4 x 228.6

Paperback,August 1, 2016,$27.95

Cloth Over Boards,August 1, 2016,$90.00

PDF,August 1, 2016,$27.95

EPUB,August 1, 2016,$27.95

About This Book

Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein is its own type of monster mythos that will not die, a corpus whose parts keep getting harvested to animate new artistic creations. What makes this tale so adaptable and so resilient that, nearly 200 years later, it remains vitally relevant in a culture radically different from the one that spawned its birth?

Monstrous Progeny takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the Frankenstein family tree, tracing the literary and intellectual roots of Shelley’s novel from the sixteenth century and analyzing the evolution of the book’s figures and themes into modern productions that range from children’s cartoons to pornography. Along the way, media scholar Lester D. Friedman and historian Allison B. Kavey examine the adaptation and evolution of Victor Frankenstein and his monster across different genres and in different eras. In doing so, they demonstrate how Shelley’s tale and its characters continue to provide crucial reference points for current debates about bioethics, artificial intelligence, cyborg lifeforms, and the limits of scientific progress.

Blending an extensive historical overview with a detailed analysis of key texts, the authors reveal how the Frankenstein legacy arose from a series of fluid intellectual contexts and continues to pulsate through an extraordinary body of media products. Both thought-provoking and entertaining, Monstrous Progeny offers a lively look at an undying and significant cultural phenomenon.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Singing the Body Electric

1 In a Country of Eternal Light: Frankenstein’s Intellectual History

2 The Instruments of Life: Frankenstein’s Medical History

3 A More Horrid Contrast: From the Page to the Stage

4 It’s Still Alive: The Universal and Hammer Movie Cycles

5 The House of Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Step Children

6 Fifty Ways to Leave Your Monster


Select Bibliography


About the Authors

LESTER D. FRIEDMAN is a professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of over twenty books including American Cinema of the 1970s (Rutgers University Press) and the forthcoming, Tough Ain’t Enough.

ALLISON B. KAVEY is an associate professor of early modern history at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, New York. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books including Second Star to the Right: Peter Pan in the Cultural Imagination, co-edited with Friedman (Rutgers University Press).

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Picart on Frankenstein from 2003

A final one for the night:

Remaking the Frankenstein Myth on Film: Between Laughter and Horror
Caroline Joan S. Picart - Author
SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture

Hardcover - 268 pages
Release Date: July 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5769-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5769-6

Price: $33.95 (listed as Out of Print)
Paperback - 268 pages
Release Date: July 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5770-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5770-2

Available as a Google eBook for other eReaders and tablet devices.


Explores how filmmakers and screenwriters have used comedy and science fiction to extend the boundaries of the Frankenstein narrative.

Focusing on films outside the horror genre, this book offers a unique account of the Frankenstein myth's popularity and endurance. Although the Frankenstein narrative has been a staple in horror films, it has also crossed over into other genres, particularly comedy and science fiction, resulting in such films as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bladerunner, and the Alien and Terminator film series. In addition to addressing horror's relationship to comedy and science fiction, the book also explores the versatility and power of the Frankenstein narrative as a contemporary myth through which our deepest attitudes concerning gender (masculine versus feminine), race (Same versus Other), and technology (natural versus artificial) are both revealed and concealed. The book not only examines the films themselves, but also explores early drafts of film scripts, scenes that were cut from the final releases, publicity materials, and reviews, in order to consider more fully how and why the Frankenstein myth continues to resonate in the popular imagination.

“…invites readers to explore an innovative take on horror film genres and gender. Picart’s exploration of the three shadows as well as her claim that hybrid forms of horror create opportunities for empowerment pose for the interested reader a challenge: to expand and adapt her insights in our own hybrid explorations of gender and film.” — Women and Language

"Picart tells a story of the story of every film in a gifted way; this takes talent, as well as a thorough familiarity with the films and a genuine enthusiasm for them." — Joseph Natoli, author of Memory's Orbit: Film and Culture 1999–2000

"Picart displays an assurance and command of a complex historical and critical field, which she handles with considerable focus and lucidity. She argues that the fairly rigid sexual politics of the earlier, classic Frankenstein films give way to a more complex set of visions when taken up in various comic and science fiction treatments. Her work is more than a mere commentary on earlier scholarship—it is a real advance and stands on its own as the book to read." — Thomas W. Benson, coauthor of Reality Fictions: The Films of Frederick Wiseman

Caroline Joan S. Picart is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities and Courtesy Assistant Professor of Law at Florida State University. She is the author of The Cinematic Rebirths of Frankenstein: Universal, Hammer, and Beyond and the coauthor (with Frank Smoot and Jayne Blodgett) of The Frankenstein Film Sourcebook.

Table of Contents


1. Frankenstein as Enduring Cinemyth

2. (Un)Leashing Laughter: Gender, Power, and Humor

3. Daemonic Dread

4. On the Edge of Terror and Humor

5. Postmodern Horror-Hilarity



About the Author


Picart on Film from 2001

More for the bookshelf:

The Cinematic Rebirths of Frankenstein: Universal, Hammer, and Beyond
by Caroline Joan (Kay) S. Picart

Showcases the versatility of the Frankenstein myth as expressed in the horror genre and provides a sustained critical analysis of the story's evolution over many decades, many studios, and many different styles of filmmaking.

October 2001
Pages: 240
Volumes: 1
Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics: Popular Culture/Film



The Frankenstein narrative is one of cinema's most durable, and it is often utilized by the studio system and the most renegade independents alike to reveal our deepest aspirations and greatest anxieties. The films have concerned themselves with demarcations of gender, race, and technology, and this new study aims to critique the more traditional interpretations of both the narrative and its sustained popularity. From James Whale's Frankenstein (1931) through Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), the story remains a nuanced and ultimately ambivalent one and is discussed here in all of its myriad terms: aesthetic, cultural, psychological, and mythic.

Beginning with an examination of the narrative's origins in the myth of the birth of Dionysus from the thigh of Zeus, The Cinematic Rebirths of Frankenstein goes on to consider each of the film's many incarnations, from the Universal horror films of the thirties through the British Hammer series and beyond. Moving easily between the scholarly and the popular, the book employs both primary texts-including scripts, posters, and documentation of production histories-and a rigorous, scholarly examination of the many implications of this often-misunderstood subgenre of horror cinema.




Envisaging the Monstrous

The Universal Series

Beyond the Universal and Hammer Series

Mythic (Im)Mortality


For the bookshelf: The Frankenstein Film Sourcebook

A valuable resource:

Frankenstein Film Sourcebook
by Caroline Joan (Kay) S. Picart, Frank Smoot, Jayne Blodgett

A compilation of primary and secondary information on the numerous and multifarious film incarnations of the Frankenstein narrative, ranging across horror, comedy, science fiction, pornography, and animation.

June 2001
Pages: 368
Volumes: 1
Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics: Popular Culture/Film


eBook Available from ABC-CLIO


The endurance of the Frankenstein narrative as a modern cinematic myth is undeniable. Its flexibility has produced classic and contemporary horror film-most notably the Universal films of the thirties-but it has also resulted in unusual hybrids, such as musical horror-comedy (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), hyperbolic parody (Flesh for Frankenstein), and science fiction (the Alien and Terminator series). This sourcebook provides a complete guide to all of the story's filmic incarnations-including essential information such as cast, creative personnel, and plot summaries-and also guides the reader to relevant primary texts such as scripts, posters, production histories, and newspaper clippings. Utilizing an approach that is both popular and scholarly, and including spotlight essays that deal with contemporary academic approaches to the subject, The Frankenstein Film Sourcebook reveals the depth of the cinematic range of interpretations of a classic modern myth.

Comprehensive in its scope, The Frankenstein Film Sourcebook provides an alphabetical guide to two hundred films that incorporate the Frankenstein narrative. It also delves into both primary and secondary perspectives and includes discussions of aspects of the films, such as their depiction of women, which is relevant to current scholarly critiques.


Foreword by Noël Carroll

Introduction by Caroline Joan S. Picart

A Note on the Entries

An Alphabetical Listing of Frankenstein Films

Appendix One: General Texts on Frankenstein Films

Appendix Two: "Body Parts" Films

Appendix Three: "Re-Animation" Films

Must Read: The Endurance of Frankenstein

The work that begin the discipline of Frankenstein Studies in 1979:

The Endurance of Frankenstein: Essays on Mary Shelley's Novel
George Levine (Editor), U. C. Knoepflmacher (Editor)

Available worldwide
Paperback, 362 pages
ISBN: 9780520046405
May 1982
$33.95, £27.95


MARY SHELLEY's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus grew out of a parlor game and a nightmare vision. The story of the book's origin is a famous one, first told in the introduction Mary Shelley wrote for the 1831 edition of the novel. The two Shelleys, Byron, Mary's stepsister Claire Clairmont, and John William Polidori (Byron's physician) spent a "wet, ungenial summer in the Swiss Alps." Byron suggested that "each write a ghost story." If one is to trust Mary Shelley's account (and James Rieger has shown the untrustworthiness of its chronology and particulars), only she and "poor Polidori" took the contest seriously. The two "illustrious poets," according to her, "annoyed by the platitude of prose, speedily relinquished their uncongenial task." Polidori, too, is made to seem careless, unable to handle his story of a "skull-headed lady." Though Mary Shelley is just as deprecating when she speaks of her own "tiresome unlucky ghost story," she also suggests that its sources went deeper. Her truant muse became active as soon as she fastened on the "idea" of "making only a transcript of the grim terrors of my waking dream": "'I have found it! What terrified me will terrify others."' The twelve essays in this collection attest to the endurance of Mary Shelley's "waking dream." Appropriately, though less romantically, this book also grew out of a playful conversation at a party. When several of the contributors to this book discovered that they were all closet aficionados of Mary Shelley's novel, they decided that a book might be written in which each contributor-contestant might try to account for the persistent hold that Frankenstein continues to exercise on the popular imagination. Within a few months, two films--Warhol's Frankenstein and Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein--and the Hall-Landau and Isherwood-Bachardy television versions of the novel appeared to remind us of our blunted purpose. These manifestations were an auspicious sign and resulted in the book Endurance of Frankenstein.


Detailed contents list from WorldCat (, the press's website only presents the major sections.

List of Illustrations


Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley and Frankenstein: A Chronology

[Part I. Traditions : looking forwards and backwards] Ambiguous heritage of Frankenstein / George Levine. Frankenstein as mystery play / Judith Wilt. Fire and ice in Frankenstein / Andrew Griffin --

[Part II. Biographical soundings : of mothers and daughters] Female Gothic / Ellen Moers. Thoughts on the aggression of daughters / U.C. Knoepflmacher --

[Part III. Contexts : society and self] Monsters in the garden : Mary Shelley and the bourgeois family / Kate Ellis. Mary Shelley's monster : politics and psyche in Frankenstein / Lee Sterrenburg. Vital artifice : Mary, Percy, and the psychopolitical integrity of Frankenstein / Peter Dale Scott --

[Part IV. Texture : language and the grotesque] "Godlike science / unhallowed arts" : language, nature and monstrosity / Peter Brooks. Frankenstein and comedy / Philip Stevick --

[Part V. Visual progeny : drama and film] Stage and film children of Frankenstein : a survey / Albert J. Lavalley. Coming to life : Frankenstein and the nature of film narrative / William Nestrick.

Appendix: "Face to face" : of man-apes, monsters, and readers.

Selected Annotated Bibliography

Essential Resource: Approaches to Teaching Shelley’s Frankenstein

Approaches to Teaching Shelley’s Frankenstein
Editor: Stephen C. Behrendt

Pages: x & 190 pp.
Published: 1990
Approaches to Teaching World Literature
ISBN: 9780873525398 (Cloth)
ISBN: 9780873525404 (Paperback)


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is both a literary work very much rooted in its age and a cultural artifact that transcends period. “Undeniably one of the great and influential works of the English Romantic period,” writes the editor, Stephen C. Behrendt, the novel provides “an excellent vehicle for introducing students to the complexities of Romantic art and thought.” At the same time, as this volume demonstrates, Frankenstein is often studied in college and secondary school courses focusing not on Romanticism but on science fiction, Gothic fiction, women’s literature, or film and popular culture.

The book, like others in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first part, “Materials,” reviews editions of Frankenstein, discusses reference and critical works and recommended reading for students, and lists selected film versions of the novel. In the second part, “Approaches,” instructors present classroom strategies for teaching the novel. The essays are divided into four groupings: general issues (e.g., choosing a text, gender and pedagogy, language and style), contexts of study (e.g., biography, Romanticism), course contexts (e.g., science fiction, women’s studies, composition), and Frankenstein and film.

No contents list available.

Friday, August 11, 2017

CFP Organic Machines/Engineered Humans: (Re)Defining Humanity (Spring 2018 issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities) (11/15/2017)

Of related interest:

Organic Machines/Engineered Humans: (Re)Defining Humanity
Spring 2018 issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities
Announcement published by Dore' Ripley on Monday, August 7, 2017
(and additional information from

Type: Call for Papers
Date: November 15, 2017

From E.T.A Hoffmann’s Tales of Hoffmann and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep to Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot and Vernor Vinge's Rainbows End authors have been exploring the human/machine interface since before the computer age. Today we stand on the threshold to the lab as the government contemplates microchipping all U.S. military personnel and Swedish office workers are already implanting themselves for convenience ala M.T. Anderson's Feed. A 2014 study conducted by Cisco Systems found approximately one-quarter of the white-collar professionals surveyed “would leap at the chance to get a surgical brain implant that allowed them to instantly link their thoughts to the Internet”. We are already experimenting with gene therapy, cybernetics via cochlear implants and many other technical organic enhancements, autonomous self-replicating robots, nanotechnology, mind uploading, and artificial intelligence.

The Spring 2018 edition of Interdisciplinary Humanities wants to consider topics focused on transhumanism, the singularity, and the arrival of the bio-engineered human/machine interface and what it means for the humanities as we redefine identity, pedagogy, humanity, class structure, literature (past, present, and future) and the diversity of our species. We invite papers in disciplines and areas of study. Multiple disciplines will help us understand and grapple with how we will redefine identity and the diversity of our species through the dynamic interplay of humanity and the acceleration of technology.

The Humanities Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities’ parent organization, requires that authors become members of HERA if their essays are accepted for publication. Information on membership may be found at:

Contact Info:

For more information contact: Doré' Ripley, HERA (Humanities Education and Research Association)

Contact Email:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Frankenstein Editions: 1818 in Oxford World's Classics Series

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus: The 1818 Text
By Mary Shelley
Edited with an introduction by Marilyn Butler
Oxford World's Classics

Paperback ($8.95)
Published: 01 May 2009
328 Pages
ISBN: 9780199537150

Key features
  • Based on the harder and wittier 1818 version of the text. 
  • Draws on new research and examines the novel in the context of the controversial radical sciences developing in the years following the Napoleonic Wars. 
  • Shows the relationship of Frankenstein's experiment to the contemporary debate between champions of materialistic science and proponents of received religion.
Shelley's enduringly popular and rich gothic tale, Frankenstein, confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolutionism and science--topics such as degeneracy, hereditary disease, and humankind's ability to act as creator of the modern world. This new edition, based on the harder and wittier 1818 version of the text, draws on new research and examines the novel in the context of the controversial radical sciences developing in the years following the Napoleonic Wars. In addition it shows the relationship of Frankenstein's experiment to the contemporary debate between champions of materialistic science and proponents of received religion.

Frankenstein Editions: 1831 Edition in Oxford World's Classics

Continuing to get information on all standard editions of Frankenstein into the blog. Here is the first of two from Oxford University Press.

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus
By Mary Shelley
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by the late M. K. Joseph
Oxford World's Classics
264 Pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
ISBN: 9780199537167

Also Available As: Ebook

Shelley's suspenseful and intellectually rich gothic tale confronts some of the most important and enduring themes in all of literature--the power of human imagination, the potential hubris of science, the gulf between appearance and essence, the effects of human cruelty, the desire for revenge and the need for forgiveness, and much more.

Frankenstein at the Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, includes the following event on its calendar ( for 2018. Further details will be posted as they become available.

May 11-12, 2018
Frankenstein Then and Now, 1818-2018
Conveners: Jerrold Hogle (University of Arizona) and Anne Mellor (UCLA)

Fisch's Frankenstein: Icon of Modern Culture

The looks comparable to Hitchcock's book in term of offering a comprehensive history of the Frankenstein tradition, but the sections are broken into smaller units and (I think) it has more illustrations. Sadly, it appears out of print. 

Frankenstein: Icon of Modern Culture
Audrey A. Fisch
Series: Icons of Modern Culture

Helm Information

Books details:

55 illustrations
RRP £38
April 2009


This is the fifth book in the Icons of Modern Culture series. Children and adults the world over know the lumbering, overlarge figure with the green face and bolts in his head. How did the Halloween staple known as "Frankenstein" emerge out of the anonymous novel by a "young girl," published in 1818 to mixed reviews? The answer, as this study makes clear, is that the "Frankenstein" we know today is not solely Mary Shelley’s progeny. "Frankenstein" morphed into many different forms over time, place, and genre. This volume displays and analyses the many post-Shelley "Frankensteins," exploring their continuities and disjunctions in order to trace the development of this enduring icon. The volume also traces the complex history of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, including its publishing history, its dismissal by the literary establishment, and its subsequent reclamation as a touchstone text in high school and college classrooms. Students of Shelley’s novel or of the many "Frankensteins" her novel propagated will find here an analysis of this intriguing cultural history. This volume also provides extensive extracts, gathering together an unprecedented collection of both never-before published and previously published material, so that readers can read widely and develop their own sense of "Frankenstein’s" place in our world.

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations


Series Editor’s Preface


Section 1 – Mary Shelley and the first "Frankensteins"

1. Publication

2. Frankenstein, Godwin, and Wollstonecraft

3. Reception

4. Early Science

5. The Nature of Man

6. Percy Shelley and Frankenstein

7. Mary Shelley and Frankenstein

8. Revision and Authorship

Section 2 – Beyond Mary Shelley

9. Early Theatre 1823–1826

10. Victorian Burlesque-Extravaganza

11. Other Victorian "Frankensteins"

12. Silent Film

13. Early Twentieth-Century Drama

14. Whale, Hammer, and Beyond

15. Feminist Canonisation

16. Critical Progeny

17. The Scientific Legacy of "Frankenstein"

18. Contemporary "Frankenstein"

Conclusion: Ubiquitous "Frankenstein"

Appendix: "The Death Bride" from Tales of the Dead



About the author:

Audrey A. Fisch is Professor of English and Coordinator of Secondary English Education at New Jersey City University. She is the editor of The Other Mary Shelley: Beyond Frankenstein and The Cambridge Companion to the African American Slave Narrative and the author of American Slaves in Victorian England: Abolitionist Politics in Popular Literature and Culture.

Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley

A great overview of Mary Shelley and her writings. It includes a number of pieces on Frankenstein and the Frankenstein tradition:

The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley
Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature
Editor: Esther Schor, Princeton University, New Jersey

Product details

Date Published: January 2004
format: Paperback
isbn: 9780521007702
length: 316 pages
dimensions: 229 x 154 x 21 mm
weight: 0.52kg
contains: 14 b/w illus.

$ 30.99 (Paperback )
Other available formats:Hardback, eBook


Well-known scholars review Mary Shelley's work in several contexts (literary history, aesthetic and literary culture, the legacies of her parents) and also analyze her most famous work-- Frankenstein. The contributors also examine Shelley as a biographer, cultural critic, and travel writer. The text is supplemented by a chronology, guide to further reading and select filmography.

  • Covers a wide range of topics in a clear and comprehensive way
  • The volume is well supported by a detailed chronology, bibliography and select filmography
  • Offers treatments of film and popular culture in addition to literary and cultural criticism approaches

Table of Contents


Introduction Esther Schor (online)

Part I. 'The Author of Frankenstein':
1. Making a 'monster': an introduction to Frankenstein Anne K. Mellor (online)
2. Frankenstein, Matilda, and the legacies of Godwin and Wollstonecraft Pamela Clemit
3. Frankenstein, feminism, and literary theory Diane Long Hoeveler
4. Frankenstein on Film Esther Schor
5. Frankenstein's futurity: from replicants to robotics Jay Clayton

Part II. Fictions and Myths:
6. Valperga Stuart Curran
7. The last man Kari E. Lokke
8. Historical novelist Deidre Lynch
9. Falkner and other fictions Kate Ferguson Ellis
10. Stories for the Keepsake Charlotte Sussman
11. Proserpine and Midas Judith Pascoe

Part III. Professional Personae:
12. Mary Shelley, editor Susan J. Wolfson
13. Letters: the public/private self Betty T. Bennett
14. Mary Shelley as biographer Greg Kucich
15. Mary Shelley's travel writing Jeanne Moskal
16. Mary Shelley as cultural critic Timothy Morton

Further reading

Selected filmography.

Must Read: Hitchcock's Frankenstein: A Cultural History

A masterful survey of the Frankenstein tradition:

Frankenstein:A Cultural History
By Susan Tyler Hitchcock
W. W. Norton

Book Details
October 2007
ISBN 978-0-393-06144-4
5.9 × 8.5 in / 400 pages

Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.


A lively history of the Frankenstein myth, tracing its evolution from a Romantic nightmare to its prominence in today's imaginative landscape.

Frankenstein began as the nightmare of an unwed teenage mother in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1816. At a time when the moral universe was shifting and advances in scientific knowledge promised humans dominion over that which had been God's alone, Mary Shelley envisioned a story of human presumption and its misbegotten consequences. Two centuries later, that story is still constantly retold and reinterpreted, from Halloween cartoons to ominous allusions in the public debate, capturing and conveying meaning central to our consciousness today and our concerns for tomorrow. From Victorian musical theater to Boris Karloff with neck bolts, to invocations at the President's Council on Bioethics, the monster and his myth have inspired everyone from cultural critics to comic book addicts. This is a lively and eclectic cultural history, illuminated with dozens of pictures and illustrations, and told with skill and humor. Susan Tyler Hitchcock uses film, literature, history, science, and even punk music to help us understand the meaning of this monster made by man.

Contents (from WorldCat)

Conception --
Birth and lineage --
Reception and revision --
The monster lives on --
Making more monsters --
A monster for modern times --
A brave new world of monsters --
The horror and the humor --
Monsters in the living room --
Taking the monster seriously --
The monster and his myth today.

Blog Updates 7/11

I added an about Frankenstein gadget to the blog yesterday. It includes links to Wikipedia pieces on the novel, its author(s), and its afterlife. There are also links to significant characters, but do also see the section on comics for more examples.

On a related note, if there are any Wikipedia-style pages  devoted to other characters and franchises, please send me the details at

Michael Torregrossa,
Area Chair/Blog Editor

Monday, July 10, 2017

Blog Update 7/10

I spent part of the day updating the comics listings in preparation for some future projects on the medium. Do send any further suggestions for links to me at

Michael Torregrossa
Area Chair/Blog Editor

Frankenstein (3rd Edition) from Bedford/St Martin's

Frankenstein (Case Study in Contemporary Criticism)
Third Edition ©2016

By Mary Shelley , edited by Johanna M. Smith (University of Texas at Arlington)

ISBN-10: 0-312-46318-9; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-46318-2; Format: Paper Text, 608 pages

A long-awaited revision of the bestselling Case Study in Contemporary Criticism: Frankenstein

Revised to reflect critical trends of the past 15 years, the third iteration of this widely adopted critical edition presents the 1831 text of Mary Shelley’s English Romantic novel along with critical essays that introduce students to Frankenstein from contemporary psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, gender/queer, postcolonial, and cultural studies perspectives. The text and essays are complemented by contextual documents, introductions (with bibliographies), and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.

In the third edition, three of the six essays are new, representing recent gender/queer, postcolonial, and cultural theories. The contextual documents have been significantly revised to include many images of Frankenstein from contemporary popular culture.

  • An authoritative text of Frankenstein (1831)
  • Exemplary essays about Frankenstein representing contemporary critical approaches
  • A rich selection of cultural contextual documents
  • Highly praised editorial matter, including biographical and critical introductions, bibliographies, and a glossary

New to this edition:
  • Three new critical essays representing recent gender/queer, postcolonial, and cultural theories
  • Expanded collection of contextual documents and illustrations, including images of Frankenstein from contemporary popular culture
  • Updated editorial apparatus


Part One Frankenstein: The Complete Text in Cultural Context

Biographical and Historical Contexts

The Complete Text

Part Two Frankenstein in Cultural Context

Part Three Frankenstein: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism

A Critical History of Frankenstein

Psychoanalytic Criticism and Frankenstein
David Collings, “The Monster and the Maternal Thing: Mary Shelley’s Critique of Ideology”

Feminist Criticism and Frankenstein
Johanna M. Smith, “’Cooped Up” with “Sad Trash”: Domesticity and the Sciences in Frankenstein

Marxist Criticism and Frankenstein
Warren Montag, “’The Workshop of Filthy Creation’: A Marxist Reading of Frankenstein

Gender Criticism/Queer Theory and Frankenstein
New Grant F. Scott, “Victor’s Secret: Queer Gothic in Lynd Ward’s Illustrations to Frankenstein (1934)”

Cultural Criticism and Frankenstein
New Siobhan Carroll, “Crusades Against Frost: Frankenstein, Polar Ice, and Climate Change in 1818”

Postcolonial Criticism and Frankenstein
New Allan Lloyd Smith, “’This Thing of Darkness’: Racial Discourse in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms

About the editor:

Johanna M. Smith is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she teaches drama, law and literature, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. She has published numerous articles in the latter fields, as well as a Twayne guide to Mary Shelley and a coedited anthology of eighteenth-century British women's life writings. Her current research focus is British women in the public sphere from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century.

Frankenstein from MIT Press

Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds

By Mary Shelley
Edited by David H. Guston, Ed Finn and Jason Scott Robert
Introduction by Charles E. Robinson

Paperback | $19.95 Trade | £14.95 | 320 pp. | 6.5 x 9 in | May 2017 | ISBN: 9780262533287

eBook | $19.95 Trade | April 2017 | ISBN: 9780262340250

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has endured in the popular imagination for two hundred years. Begun as a ghost story by an intellectually and socially precocious eighteen-year-old author during a cold and rainy summer on the shores of Lake Geneva, the dramatic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his stitched-together creature can be read as the ultimate parable of scientific hubris. Victor, “the modern Prometheus,” tried to do what he perhaps should have left to Nature: create life. Although the novel is most often discussed in literary-historical terms—as a seminal example of romanticism or as a groundbreaking early work of science fiction—Mary Shelley was keenly aware of contemporary scientific developments and incorporated them into her story. In our era of synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and climate engineering, this edition of Frankenstein will resonate forcefully for readers with a background or interest in science and engineering, and anyone intrigued by the fundamental questions of creativity and responsibility.

This edition of Frankenstein pairs the original 1818 version of the manuscript—meticulously line-edited and amended by Charles E. Robinson, one of the world’s preeminent authorities on the text—with annotations and essays by leading scholars exploring the social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity raised by this remarkable story. The result is a unique and accessible edition of one of the most thought-provoking and influential novels ever written.

Essays by
Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow, Heather E. Douglas, Josephine Johnston, Kate MacCord, Jane Maienschein, Anne K. Mellor, Alfred Nordmann

CONTENTS (contents listing derived from JSTOR:

     Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)

    Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-ix)
    (pp. x-xix)
    (pp. xx-xxi)
    (pp. xxii-xxxvi)


        VOLUME I
        (pp. xxxviii-69)

        VOLUME II
        (pp. 70-125)

        VOLUME III
        (pp. 126-188)

        (pp. 189-194)

        (pp. 195-198)

        (pp. 201-208)

        (pp. 209-214)

        (pp. 215-222)

        (pp. 223-230)

        (pp. 231-238)

        (pp. 239-246)
        ANNE K. MELLOR

        (pp. 247-252)


        (pp. 255-260)
        (pp. 261-262)
        (pp. 263-274)
        (pp. 275-281)
    Back Matter
    (pp. 282-282)

About the Editors

David Guston is Professor and Founding Director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, where he also serves as Codirector of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes..

Ed Finn is Founding Director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is also Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering and the Department of English.

Jason Scott Robert is Lincoln Chair in Ethics, Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences, and Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University.

Klinger's The New Annotated Frankenstein due August 2017

The New Annotated Frankenstein

Mary Shelley (Author), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor)

With an Introduction by Guillermo del Toro, With an Afterword by Anne K. Mellor

A Liveright book

Book Details

Retail Price: $35.00
Forthcoming August 2017
ISBN 978-0-87140-949-2
8.9 × 10.3 in / 432 pages
Sales Territory: Worldwide

Two centuries after its original publication, Mary Shelley’s classic tale of gothic horror comes to vivid life in "what may very well be the best presentation of the novel" to date (Guillermo del Toro).

"Remarkably, a nineteen-year-old, writing her first novel, penned a tale that combines tragedy, morality, social commentary, and a thoughtful examination of the very nature of knowledge," writes best-selling author Leslie S. Klinger in his foreword to The New Annotated Frankenstein. Despite its undeniable status as one of the most influential works of fiction ever written, Mary Shelley’s novel is often reductively dismissed as the wellspring for tacky monster films or as a cautionary tale about experimental science gone haywire. Now, two centuries after the first publication of Frankenstein, Klinger revives Shelley’s gothic masterpiece by reproducing her original text with the most lavishly illustrated and comprehensively annotated edition to date.

Featuring over 200 illustrations and nearly 1,000 annotations, this sumptuous volume recaptures Shelley’s early nineteenth-century world with historical precision and imaginative breadth, tracing the social and political roots of the author’s revolutionary brand of Romanticism. Braiding together decades of scholarship with his own keen insights, Klinger recounts Frankenstein’s indelible contributions to the realms of science fiction, feminist theory, and modern intellectual history—not to mention film history and popular culture. The result of Klinger’s exhaustive research is a multifaceted portrait of one of Western literature’s most divinely gifted prodigies, a young novelist who defied her era’s restrictions on female ambitions by independently supporting herself and her children as a writer and editor.

Born in a world of men in the midst of a political and an emerging industrial revolution, Shelley crafted a horror story that, beyond its incisive commentary on her own milieu, is widely recognized as the first work of science fiction. The daughter of a pioneering feminist and an Enlightenment philosopher, Shelley lived and wrote at the center of British Romanticism, the “exuberant, young movement” that rebelled against tradition and reason and "with a rebellious scream gave birth to a world of gods and monsters" (del Toro).

Following his best-selling The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft and The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Klinger not only considers Shelley’s original 1818 text but, for the first time in any annotated volume, traces the effects of her significant revisions in the 1823 and 1831 editions. With an afterword by renowned literary scholar Anne K. Mellor, The New Annotated Frankenstein celebrates the prescient genius and undying legacy of the world’s "first truly modern myth."

The New Annotated Frankenstein includes:
  • Nearly 1,000 notes that provide information and historical context on every aspect of Frankenstein and of Mary Shelley’s life
  • Over 200 illustrations, including original artwork from the 1831 edition and dozens of photographs of real-world locations that appear in the novel
  • Extensive listings of films and theatrical adaptations
  • An introduction by Guillermo del Toro and an afterword by Anne K. Mellor