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Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus: Mobile

A Gumberg Library Research Guide

Promotional photo of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster in the film Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons

This guide is designed to quickly connect student researchers to all materials available through the Gumberg Library on Mary Shelley's pioneering and perennially popular cautionary tale about Victor Frankenstein, his ambition, and his monster that finally destroys him and those he loves. It will connect the researcher to reference works (great for getting authoritative background information), books, and articles from journals, literary as well as those from other fields.This page will connect the user not just to literary resources, but resources in theology, philosophy, science, and health sciences, since this novel has been used as a lens through which to examine ethical and other sorts of issues in all of these fields.

(Who is this "Prometheus" guy in the subtitle of Frankenstein? Click here to find out.)


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This is a free online presentation of the  third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. It aims to provide a comprehensive, scholarly, and critical guide to science fiction in all its forms.

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Mary Shelley, by Reginald Easton (1820). Public domain. Source Wikimedia Commons


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Frontispiece from an 1831 edition of Frankenstein. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons



Poster for the 1931 film of Frankenstein, directed by James Whale. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons


Examines what influenced Mary Shelley to write her masterpiece.

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A lecture by Heather Keenleyside, Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

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"Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood," part 1 of  the History of Horror, with Mark Gatiss.

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A collection of movie trailers tracing the history of the Frankenstein films.

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The first cinematic version of Mary Shelley's story.

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A contemporary take on Frankenstein.

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The most famous version, starring Boris Karloff, directed by James Whale

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Karloff as the Monster, and Elsa Lancaster as the Bride (and Mary Shelley)

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