Frankenstein

by: Mary Shelley

Suggestions for Further Reading

Bann, Stephen, ed. Frankenstein, Creation, and Monstrosity. London: Reaktion Books, 1994.

A collection of essays discussing how Frankenstein influenced stories about alternative methods of creation as well as representations of monstrosity. Includes essays comparing the novel to other important novels and films, including Dracula and The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Donawerth, Jane. Frankenstein’s Daughters: Women Writing Science Fiction. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1997.

An analysis of female science fiction writers who wrote after Mary Shelley, including examinations of how they brought a distinctive perspective to the genre.

Glut, Donald F. The Frankenstein Archive: Essays on the Monster, the Myth, the Movies, and More. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2002.

A collection of essays exploring the impact of Frankenstein and its adaptations on popular culture. Chapters include adaptations of Frankenstein in film and comics, as well as how the story has given rise to both horror and comedic adaptations.

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler. The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2006.

A biography and literary history that provides details about the lives of Mary Shelley and the other individuals who were involved in the conception and writing of her novel.

Levine, George, and U. C. Knoepflmacher, eds. The Endurance of Frankenstein: Essays on Mary Shelley’s Novel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.

A collection of essays by academics and literary critics exploring why Frankenstein became and remained such a powerful and influential work of literature.

Marshall, Tim. Murdering to Dissect: Grave-robbing, Frankenstein, and the Anatomy Literature. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1995.

Provides a historical context for the novel’s plot by discussing a phenomenon where individuals would dig up or steal corpses in order to sell them to medical schools where they would be used for dissections and anatomy classrooms.