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

Frankenstein on Stage and in Film

Related and Peripheral Sites
  • Search for Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley at Romantic Circles, a scholarly site that includes a chronology, bibliography, and reviews of Frankenstein and other Shelley works
  • Voice of the Shuttle is an extensive searchable scholarly resource for the humanities, including texts and criticism of Mary and Percy Shelley and their circle.
  • Read excerpts from "Prometheus" and "Prometheus Unbound" by George Gordon, Lord Byron, at Representative Poetry Online.
  • Encyclopedia Mythica allows you to search for the myth of Prometheus.
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