2018 marked the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley's famous Gothic novel Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus. Although over 200 years old Frankenstein and The Monster continue to inspire contemporary culture in film, art, science, television programs, video games and even children's literature. This guide is a curation of resources for fans or researchers to all things Frankenstein from how it all started to 200 years later.
Never read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus? Click the book link for free public domain access to the full novel online.
The Long Shadow of Frankenstein: Science Magazine's January 12, 2018 issue contains articles on how the science behind Frankenstein is still essential reading for scientists today. This link also has other science related articles about Frankenstein.
The Frankenstein Atlas: The Frankenstein Atlas is a literary mapping exploring Mary Shelley's novel from a spatial perspective. This website contexts users to maps, gazetteers and an overall pedagogical approach to Frankenstein.
The Frankenstein Moon: Mary Shelley had written that the moonlight shining into her bedroom window stoked her imagination as she wrote Frankenstein. A team of astronomers investigate the claim in this essay from NYPL collection.
Many people often ask how (and why) a 19-year old women wrote a tale that would terrify the world.
The Life and Times of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) : Biography of Shelley's life from Encyclopedia of World Biography Onine
200 Year Old Nightmare : The idea for Frankenstein came to Shelley in a nightmare. USC Professor Leo Braudy explains the nightmare in this short video.
Frankenstein and The Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night : Hosted by Alexander Street Database is a Oxford Scientific Films Documentary about the life of Mary Shelley and the creation of Frankenstein.
Chronology of Mary Shelley's Life: From Romantic Circles, a completed chronology of Mary Shelley's life. Includes significant events from 1797- 1835 and posthumous.
From The National Theatre: a short biographically video on Mary Shelley's life and setting the stage for the creation of Frankenstein.
Frankenreads: This page is a resource collection created by The Keats-Shelley Association of American in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein. The collection includes resources for teaching Frankenstein, sources for Frankenstein, 19th- century reactions and Frankenstein in media and culture.
Life Magazine special edition Frankenstein; The Man, The Monster, The Legacy : Includes stories of Prometheus, Mary Shelley, films and literature based on Frankenstein and The Monster. Great collection of images throughout the magazine.
Crash Course Literature: Frankenstein: This edition of Crash Course Literature is a fun short video discussing the Frankenstein novel with some fun facts and often confused myths about the story. This page also includes other resources on Frankenstein as well.
Defining the Monster: This video is a lecture presented by Heather Keenleyside, professor of English from the University of Chicago. Keenleyside talks about the novel's context in the age of enlightenment and contemporary society's approach to issues of monstrosity.
Literary Analysis: From the Gale Group database Exploring Novels is a essay on the themes and construction of Frankenstein.
Image from British Library/ London/ Bridgeman Images
The Shelley- Godwin Archive : This archive provides primary source documents including digitized manuscripts of Frankenstein and the evaluation of each draft. Includes chronology of events in writing and publishing Frankenstein.
Frankenstein The Afterlife of Shelley's Circle : Brought to you by Biblion and the New York Public Library is a curation of stories and essays involving Mary Shelley and Frankenstein. If you download the Boundless Library App you can immerse yourself in the New York Public Library's Frankenstein Collection and view source documents and gallery images in the collection. You can watch a quick video explaining the Boundless Library by clicking on the Biblion Logo.
The Eerie Gravestone Where Frankenstein's Story Began: Time magazine article discussing how Mary's mother's gravestone helped inspire the story for Frankenstein
Videographic Frankenstein: An Exhibition of Creative and Scholarly Video: Curated by Shane Denson Professor of Film and Media Studies at Stanford University. This is a digital video presentation of research studying the visual legacy of Frankenstein. Presentation can be viewed here.
List of Frankenstein Films, Plays and Television: Wikipedia list of Frankenstein films
Frankenstein Films Webpage: This webpage includes information on Frankenstein adaptations in theater and film. Specifically Universal Studios and Hammer Studios. Includes suggested reading list of books on the subject of Frankenstein films.
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