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.
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."
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
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.
for educational purposes only
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