Episode 1 of the How Great Science Fiction Works streaming video series. Learn how science fiction is distinguished from--yet often confused with--other literary genres such as fantasy and horror. Take a look at the concept of the "monster" through horror, fantasy, and science fiction to help define the differences in the genres. Explore what is often considered the first science fiction novel: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Contains the complete text of Shelley's key work, supplemented by annotations and followed by contextual materials that reveal the conversations and controversies of its historical moment. Includes bibliographical references
The life of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley who wrote the classic "Frankenstein" when she was only 18-years-old, goes beyond the story of how her novel was written and explores the real and tragic life of a writer who was flawed, brave, generous, and impetuous.
Beginning with the birth of science fiction in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the author takes a broad look at science fiction and utopian literature written by women. In a creative close reading of Frankenstein, Donawerth pinpoints the gender problems that reside in the male-oriented science fiction genre and shows how Shelley and other women science fiction authors have typically responded to such problems.
The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein consists of sixteen original essays on Mary Shelley's novel by leading scholars, providing an invaluable introduction to Frankenstein and its various critical contexts.
Mary Shelley envisioned a story of human presumption and its misbegotten consequences. Two centuries later, that story is still constantly retold and reinterpreted. From Victorian musical theater to Boris Karloff with neck bolts, to invocations at the President's Council on Bioethics, the monster and his myth have inspired everyone from cultural critics to comic book addicts. The author uses film, literature, history, science, and even punk music to help us understand the meaning of this monster made by man.
"Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, and the famous character of Frankenstein's monster, have influenced popular culture for at least a century." Browse a list of examples in TV, film, music, radio, stage, novels, comics and more.