Adapting Frankenstein

The monster's eternal lives in popular culture

Edited by Dennis R. Cutchins and Dennis R. Perry

Adapting Frankenstein


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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0891-3
  • Pages: 360
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: August 2018
  • BIC Category: Literature, Biography, Literature & Literary studies, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / Horror & Supernatural, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900, Literature & literary studies / General


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most popular novels in western literature. It has been adapted and re-assembled in countless forms, from Hammer Horror films to young-adult books and bandes dessinées. Beginning with the idea of the 'Frankenstein Complex', this edited collection provides a series of creative readings that explore the elaborate intertextual networks that make up the novel's remarkable afterlife. It broadens the scope of research on Frankenstein while deepening our understanding of a text that, 200 years after its original publication, continues to intrigue and terrify us in new and unexpected ways.


'...covers an impressively wide range of adaptations of Shelley's classic and that can only be warmly recommended to anyone interested in Frankenstein, or in adaptation studies in general for that matter.'
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The Frankenstein Complex: when the text is more than a text - Dennis R. Cutchins and Dennis R. Perry
Part I: Dramatic adaptations of Frankenstein on stage and radio
1 Frankenstein's spectacular nineteenth-century stage history and legacy - Lissette Lopez Szwydky
2 A Frankensteinian model for adaptation studies, or 'It lives!': adaptive symbiosis and Peake's Presumption, or the fate of Frankenstein - Glenn Jellenik
3 The gothic imagination in American sound recordings of Frankenstein - Laurence Raw
Part II: Cinematic and television adaptations of Frankenstein
4 A paranoid parable of adaptation: Forbidden Planet, Frankenstein, and the atomic age - Dennis R. Perry
5 The Curse of Frankenstein: Hammer film studios' reinvention of horror cinema - Morgan C. O'Brien
6 The Frankenstein Complex on the small screen: Mary Shelley's motivic novel as adjacent adaptation - Kyle Bishop
7 The new ethics of Frankenstein: responsibility and obedience in I, Robot and X-Men: First Class - Matt Lorenz
8 Hammer films and the perfection of the Frankenstein project - Maria K. Bachman and Paul C. Peterson
Part III: Literary adaptations of Frankenstein
9 'Plainly stitched together': Frankenstein, neo-Victorian fiction, and the palimpsestuous literary past - Jamie Horrocks
10 Frankensteinian re-articulations in Scotland: monstrous marriage, maternity, and the politics of embodiment - Carol Margaret Davison
11 Young Frankensteins: graphic children's texts and the twenty-first-century monster - Jessica Straley
12 In his image: the mad scientist remade in the young adult novel - Farran L. Norris Sands
13 The soul of the matter: Frankenstein meets H. P. Lovecraft's 'Herbert West-Reanimator' - Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
Part IV: Frankenstein in art, illustrations, and comics
14 Illustration, adaptation, and the development of Frankenstein's visual lexicon - Kate Newell
15 'The X-Men meet Frankenstein! "Nuff Said"': adapting Mary Shelley's monster in superhero comic books - Joe Darowski
16 Expressionism, deformity, and abject texture in bande dessinée appropriations of Frankenstein - Véronique Bragard and Catherine Thewissen
Part V: New media adaptations of Frankenstein
17 Assembling the body/text: Frankenstein in new media - Tully Barnett and Ben Kooyman
18 Adaptations of 'liveness' in theatrical representations of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Kelly Jones

Frankenstein's pulse: an afterword - Richard J. Hand


Dennis R. Cutchins is Associate Professor of American Literature at Brigham Young University
Dennis R. Perry is Associate Professor of American Literature at Brigham Young University

Adapting Frankenstein

Edited by Dennis R. Cutchins, Dennis R. Perry

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