What place does the Frankenstein
character have in popular culture?
Where have we seen the Frankenstein character in
Take a few minutes and discuss this idea with those
The rise of Frankenstein
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary
Shelley, was first published in 1818 in London
Critical reception to the novel was low, but the novel
was an immediate popular success
By 1823, the book had already been interpreted as a
play - Presumption; or The Fate of Frankenstein, by
Richard Brinsley Peake
Many theatrical renditions followed throughout the
1910 - The first film adaptation of the tale was done
by Edison Studios. The 16 minute silent film was
thought to be lost until it was rediscovered in 1980.
1931 – The most famous of the film versions of
Frankenstein was produced by Universal Studios.
Boris Karloff starred as the monster.
1948 – Universal Pictures produced a total
of eight Frankenstein-based films,
culminating in the comedy, Abbott and
Costello Meet Frankenstein
1966 – Filmic adaptations continue to spiral away from Mary
Shelley’s original text. In this sci-fi/western/horror B-movie
from 1966, the legendary American outlaw, Jesse James,
goes against the monster in Jesse James Meets
superhero, in the DC
comic book series
The video game, Fable II, contains
a quest where a character named
Victor is on a quest to reanimate the
body of a dead woman.
Frankenstein, as celebrity
As political activist?
Now to find out how it all
For homework: Read
Letters 1-4 and Chapter
one of Mary Shelley’s
Left: Steel engraving for
frontispiece to the
revised edition of
Frankenstein by Mary
Shelley in 1831.