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Frankenstein: Library Resources

A guide to celebrate the 200th publishing anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Books About Frankenstein

A search of PNW's PRIMO catalog shows dozens of books relating to Frankenstein. 

Here are links to just a sampling:

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text, Context, Criticism
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Hunter, Paul J. (Ed.)
Mary Shelley's original text, supplemented by annotations, criticism, and maps.
Available at Westville Campus Library -- Stacks (PR 5397 .F7 2012)

The Annotated Frankenstein
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Wolfson, Susan J. (Ed.)
1831 revised text of the original novel that offers insights into Shelley's literary and social worlds.
Available at Hammond Campus Library -- Stacks (PR 5397 .F7 2012)

Frankenstein's Footsteps: Science, Genetics, and Popular Culture
Turney, Jon
How biological science is communicated to the public, how the story of Frankenstein has conjured up in popular culture certain images of science and scientists, and how those images have changed over time.
Available at Hammond Campus Library -- Stacks (Q 173 .T87 1998)
and Westville Campus Library (Q 175.5 .T87x 1998)

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece
Montillo, Roseanne
One author's attempt to trace the origins of the greatest horror story of all time.
Available at Westville Campus Library -- Stacks (PR 5398 .M57 2013)

Frankenstein Unbound
Aldiss, Brian W.
A disruption of time and space sends a modern man back two hundred years to confront Dr. Frankenstein's immortal monster in this creative novel.
Available at Hammond Campus Library -- Stacks (PR 6051 .L3 F73 1990)

Burgan, Michael
Wishbone the dog narrates Mary Shelley's classic tale in this version for children.
Available at Westville Campus Library -- Stacks (PZ7 .B91626 Fr 1996)

Frankenstein Meets Wolfman
​Siodman, Curt; Thorne, Ian; Schroeder, Howard
A werewolf who wishes to be released from his curse visits Frankenstein's ruined castle to learn the secrets of life and death.
Available at Hammond Campus Library -- Juvenile (PZ7 .T3927 Fr)

The Man Who Wrote Frankenstein
Lauritsen, John
Controversial theory that Frankenstein was actually written by Percy Shelley as an ode to romantic male love.
Available at Westville Campus Library -- Stacks (PR 5397 .F73 L38 2007)

The Frankenstein Syndrome: Ethical and Social Issues in the Genetic Engineering of Animals
Rollin, Bernard E.
A scientifically well-informed discussion of the moral and social issues raised by genetically engineering animals, a powerful technology that has major implications for society.
Available at Hammond Campus Library -- Stacks (QH 442.6 .R65 1995)

The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem
Marchant, Gary, E. (Ed.)
Whether it be biotechnology, genetic testing, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, computer privacy, autonomous robotics, or any of the other many emerging technologies, new approaches are needed to ensure appropriate and timely regulatory responses.
Available Online to both campus libraries

Films About Frankenstein

PNW Library owns two of the many film versions of the Frankenstein story:


Frankenstein (1931).
This is the classic horror story, directed by James Whale, and featuring Boris Karloff's iconic and unforgettable performance as the monster.
Available at Hammond Campus Library -- Media (PN 1995.9 .H6 F735 1999)


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

In this version, director Kenneth Branagh attempted to remain more faithful to the original source material than most filmed productions.
Available at Hammond Campus Library -- Media (PN 1995.9 .H6 M37 2004)

Journal Articles About Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein and the "Frankenstein Monster" of contemporary myth are relatable to many different disciplines of study -- Literature, Science, Philosophy, and Medicine, just to name a few.

PNW Library has many databases that would be effective resources to find journal articles that deal with the themes of Frankenstein.  Recommended databases would include:

  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
  • Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)
  • Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
  • Philosopher's Index (EBSCO)
  • Project Muse
  • Times Literary Supplement - Historical Archive (Gale)

Here is a sample of the variety of scholarly journal articles relating to Frankenstein:

The Anatomy Act. (1830). The Lancet, 13(343), p. 921-922.  An early summary of the objections to England's Anatomy Act, and its influence on Mary Shelley's novel.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: What Made the Monster Monstrous? (2015). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 60(1), p. 1-11.

200 Years After Frankenstein. (2018).  Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 61(3), p. 430-449.

Frankenforms: The 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein.  (2018).  Journal of Popular Culture, 51(4), p. 821-823.

Cryopreservation: A Frankenstein Experiment.  (1998). Science, 281(5380), p. 1163-4.

Victor and Victim: The True Message of Frankenstein is About Morality, Not Mad Science. (2001). Nature, 412(6840), p. 861-862.

Why Frankenstein is a Stigma Among Scientists. (2018). Science and Engineering Ethics, 24(4), p. 1143-1159.

Frankenstein for President. (2012). Significance, 9(5), p. 18-22.

Allegories of Origins: Frankenstein After the Enlightenment. (2016). Studies in English Literature, 56(4), p. 777-798.

The Stepford Frankensteins: Feminism, Frankenstein, and the Stepford Wives. (2018). Journal of American Culture, 41(3), p. 257-266.

Victor Frankenstein's Institutional Review Board Proposal, 1790. (2015). Science and Engineering Ethics, 21(5), p. 1139-1157.

Freud, Frankenstein, and Our Fear of Robots: Projection in Our Cultural Perception of Technology. (2017). Artificial Intelligence & Society, 32(3), p. 433-439.