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Frankenstein Online
Selected Resources for Studying Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

The wealth of online resources about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein reflects the impact of this novel on popular culture as well as its importance for scholars of literary Romanticism, science/technology and the arts, fiction, and film.

Frankenstein Texts and Allusions by Jack Lynch at Rutgers University-Newark, formerly graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania: an extensive resource with links to many of the other texts mentioned within Mary Shelley's novel as well as biographies, critical commentaries, illustrations, and maps. This site is fun to explore as well as useful for scholars.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature from the National Library of Medicine-National Institute of Health Exhibition, 1997-1998. "The Birth of Frankenstein" offers a brief history of the medical as well as the personal concerns of the author and her times: "In March 1815, Mary Shelley dreamed of her dead infant daughter held before a fire, rubbed vigorously, and restored to life. At the time, scientists would not have wholly dismissed such a possibility. Could the dead be brought back to life? Could life arise spontaneously from inorganic matter? Physicians of the day treated such questions seriously--as the treatises they wrote, the methods they employed, and the contrivances they built all testify."

Frankenstein and other movie monsters are featured at Cyborgs-'R'-Us: A Guide to the History of the Cyborg, from Professor Martin Irvine's 1998 technoculture course at Georgetown University. The course covered the "social reception and representation of technology in literature and popular culture from the Romantic era (early 19th century) to the present" (1997-1998) and called Frankenstein's creature "the first cyborg."

Frankenstein complete 1831 text from the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia (may require educational password/proxy)

Frankenstein on Stage and in Film

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The Edison Kinetogram, March 10, 1910, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Edison National Historic Site - online at The Celluloid Monster

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