The Frankenstein Page

It's alive!


This page was intended to accompany discussion of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818; revised 1831) in courses I teach. Occupying as it does a bridge between Romanticism and Victorianism, and between "high" and "popular" art, this novel has reverberated in our consciousness ever since. It has inspired scores of horror and science fiction films; every mad scientist probably owes something to desperate Victor Frankenstein in his ghastly laboratory, and every angst-ridden android or product of genetic engineering probably echoes the Byronic anguish of Victor's misbegotten creature. Yet we don't simply regard from a safe distance this tale of terror concocted on a dare by Percy Shelley's teenaged bride while the Shelleys, Lord Byron, and John Polidori were visiting Byron's Italian estate. We talk about cloning, artificial intelligence, mapping the human genome: contemporary scientists are playing with the building blocks of life in ways Mary Shelley and her creation Victor Frankenstein probably couldn't dream of, and with consequences as tragic....? Who can say. This site will develop over time, to include more commentary and perhaps more links. If you have any suggestions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at (you must put G.M. Baxter's Frankenstein Page in the subject line), and thank you!


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Frankenstein at Wikipedia.


For detailed information on all films and personnel listed below, visit The Internet Movie Database. Both lists are highly selective, so if you realize that Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell isn't here, I realize it too (though it is worth noting that the creature in this one is played by David Prowse, the very tall British actor who stalked around in Darth Vader's costume in the Star Wars movies).

This first category is of films based, however loosely, on Shelley's novel or the story of its production.

This next list is a motley collection, including TV episodes, more movies, novels, and so on, not directly inspired by Shelley's novel, but certainly exploring its themes of ambition, identity, and responsibility.

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This page was last updated on 10 January 2008.