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The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein consists of sixteen original essays on Mary Shelley's novel by leading scholars, providing an invaluable introduction to Frankenstein and its various critical contexts. Theoretically informed but accessibly written, this volume relates Frankenstein to various social, literary, scientific and historical contexts, and outlines how critical theories such as ecocriticism, posthumanism, and queer theory generate new and important discussion in illuminating ways. The volume also explores the cultural afterlife of the novel including its adaptations in various media such as drama, film, television, graphic novels, and literature aimed at children and young adults. Written by an international team of leading experts, the essays provide new insights into the novel and the various critical approaches which can be applied to it. The volume is an essential guide to students and academics who are interested in Frankenstein and who wish to know more about its complex literary history.


'… an economic and elegantly constructed introduction to this text … a considerable achievement. … it serves as a useful survey of current research on this most rich and most studied of texts. … it will prove a useful addition to any university collection on the humanities.'

Keith M. C. O’Sullivan Source: Reference Reviews

'Amid the whirl of bicentennial celebrations of the genesis and first publication of Frankenstein, any tempered reappraisal of the myths surrounding Mary Shelley’s novel is welcome, and Andrew Smith’s Companion performs this function admirably.'

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The below references refer to the sections of the volume. Please note that all of the chapters in the book have bibliographical notes which can also be consulted.

The fullest listing of 287 editions of Frankenstein in chronological order from 1818 up through part of 2000 may be found in Stuart Curran's upenn bibliography now on the Romantic Circles website at:

Behrendt, Stephen C. (ed.) Approaches to Teaching Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. New York: MLA, 1990.
Botting, Fred (ed.) Frankenstein: Contemporary Critical Essays. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995).
Botting, FredReflections of Excess: Frankenstein, the French Revolution and Monstrosity’ in Reflections of Revolution: Images of Romanticism, ed. Yarrington, Alison and Everest, Kelvin. London: Routledge, 1993. 2638.
Butler, Marilyn. ‘The First Frankenstein and Radical Science’. Times Literary Supplement, 9 (April 1993), 1214.
Pamela, Clemit. The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.
Collings, David. Monstrous Society: Reciprocity, Discipline, and the Political Uncanny, c. 1780–1848. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2009.
Craciun, Adriana. ‘Writing the Disaster: Franklin and Frankenstein’. Nineteenth-Century Literature 65 (2011) 433–80.
Gigante, Denise. ‘Facing the Ugly: The Case of Frankenstein’. ELH, 67 (2000), 565–87.
Glut, Donald F. The Frankenstein Catalog: Being a Comprehensive Listing of Novels, Translations, Adaptations, Stories, Critical Works, Popular Articles, Series, Fumetti, Verse, Stage Plays, Films…Featuring Frankenstein's Monster and/or Descended from Mary Shelley's Novel. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 1984.
Hill, Jen. White Horizon: The Arctic in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2008.
Hill-Miller, Katherine C.My Hideous Progeny’: Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the Father-Daughter Relationship. London: Associated University Presses, 1995.
Hogle, Jerrold E.Frankenstein as Neo-Gothic: From the Ghost of the Counterfeit to the Monster of Abjection’ in Romanticism, History and the Possibilities of Genre: Re-forming Literature 1789–1837, ed. Rajan, Tilottama and Wright, Julia. Cambridge University Press, 1998. 176210.
Levine, George, and Knoepfelmacher, U. C. (eds.) The Endurance of Frankenstein: Essays on Mary Shelley's Novel. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1979.
Lyles, W. H. Mary Shelley: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1975.
Marshall, David. The Surprising Effects of Sympathy: Marivaux, Diderot, Rousseau, and Mary Shelley. University of Chicago Press, 1988.
Newlyn, Lucy. Paradise Lost and the Romantic Reader. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.
Richard, Jessica. ‘“A Paradise of My Own Creation”: Frankenstein and the Improbable Romance of Polar Exploration’. Nineteenth-Century Contexts 25 (2003): 295314.
Rushton, Sharon. Shelley and Vitality. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005.
St Clair, William. The Godwins and the Shelleys: The Biography of a Family. London: Faber and Faber, 1989.
St Clair, WilliamThe Impact of Frankenstein’, in Mary Shelley in Her Times, ed. Bennett, Betty T. and Curran, Stuart (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), 3863.
St Clair, William The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Veeder, William. Mary Shelley and Frankenstein: The Fate of Androgyny. University of Chicago Press, 1986.
Wolfson, Susan J. and Levao, Ronald L. (eds.) The Annotated Frankenstein. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.
Wollstonecraft, Mary. The Vindications, ed. Macdonald, D. L. and Scherf, Kathleen. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1997.
Yousef, Nancy. Isolated Cases: The Anxieties of Autonomy in Enlightenment Philosophy and Romantic Literature. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.
Zonana, Joyce. ‘They Will Prove the Truth of My Tale: Safie's Letters as the Feminist Core of Shelley's Frankenstein’. Journal of Narrative Technique 21(2) (1991) 170–84.
Bolton, Michael Sean. ‘Monstrous Machinery: Defining Posthuman Gothic’. Aeternum 1(1) (2014), 115.
Botting, Fred. Making Monstrous: Frankenstein, Criticism, Theory. Manchester University Press, 1991.
Braidotti, Rosi. The Posthuman. Cambridge: Polity, 2013.
Fincher, Max. Queering the Gothic in the Romantic Age: The Penetrating Eye. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007.
Fukuyama, Francis. Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution. London: Profile Books, 2002.
Graham, Elaine. Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture. Manchester University Press, 2002.
Haggerty, George E. Queer Gothic. Urbana and Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2006.
Halberstam, Judith. Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1995.
Halliwell, Martin and Mousley, Andy. Critical Humanisms: Humanist/Anti-Humanist Dialogues. Edinburgh University Press, 2003.
Haraway, Donna J. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. London: Free Association Books, 1991.
Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Herbrechter, Stefan. Posthumanism: a Critical Analysis. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
Mousley, Andy. Literature and the Human: Criticism, Theory, Practice. London: Routledge, 2013.
Schoene, Berthold. Writing Men: Literary Masculinities from Frankenstein to the New Man. Edinburgh University Press, 1999.
Smith, Andrew and Hughes, William (eds.) EcoGothic. Manchester University Press, 2013.
Allen, G. S. Master Mechanics & Wicked Wizards: Images of the American Scientist As Hero and Villain from Colonial Times to the Present. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009.
Chibnail, Steve and Petley, Julian (eds.) British Horror Cinema. London: Routledge, 2002.
Gooderham, D. ‘Children's Fantasy Literature: Toward an Anatomy’. Children's Literature in Education, 26(3) (1995), 171183.
Grieveson, Lee. Policing Cinema: Movies and Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004.
Haynes, R. D. From Faust to Strangelove: Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature. Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Hutchings, Peter. Hammer and Beyond: The British Horror Film. Manchester University Press, 1993.
Jackson, A., Coats, K. and McGillis, R. (eds.) The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the Borders. New York and London: Routledge, 2007.
Jones, G. Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super-Heroes, and Make-Believe Fantasy. New York: Basic Books, 2002.
Newman, Kim (ed.) The BFI Companion to Horror. London: British Film Institute, 1996.
Norris Sands, F. ‘Dr. Frankenstein's Hideous Progeny: A Typology of the Mad Scientist in Contemporary Young Adult Novels and Computer Animated Film.’ Dissertation, Illinois State University, 2015.
Pirie, David. A Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema, 1946–1972. New York: Equinox, 1974.
Prawer, S. S. Caligari's Children: The Film as Tale of Terror. New York: Da Capo, 1980.
Rigby, Jonathan. English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema. London: Reynolds & Hearn, 2004.
Skal, David J. The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1994.
Stephens, J. and McCallum, R. Retelling Stories, Framing Culture: Traditional Story and Metanarratives in Children's Literature. New York and London: Routledge, 1998.
Tudor, Andrew. Monsters and Mad Scientists: A Cultural History of the Horror Movie. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, 1989.
Uricchio, William and Pearson, Roberta E.. Reframing Culture: The Case of the Vitagraph Quality Films. New Jersey: Princeton, 1993.
Wheatley, Helen. Gothic Television. Manchester University Press, 2006.


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