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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

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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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