Frankenstein by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
A Cultural History

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A lively history of the Frankenstein myth, tracing its evolution from a Romantic nightmare to its prominence in today's imaginative landscape.

Frankenstein began as the nightmare of an unwed teenage mother in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1816. At a time when the moral universe was shifting and advances in scientific knowledge promised humans dominion over that which had been God's alone, Mary Shelley envisioned a story of human presumption and its misbegotten consequences. Two centuries later, that story is still constantly retold and reinterpreted, from Halloween cartoons to ominous allusions in the public debate, capturing and conveying meaning central to our consciousness today and our concerns for tomorrow. 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. This is a lively and eclectic cultural history, illuminated with dozens of pictures and illustrations, and told with skill and humor. Susan Tyler Hitchcock uses film, literature, history, science, and even punk music to help us understand the meaning of this monster made by man. 68 illustrations
 

About Susan Tyler Hitchcock

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Susan Tyler Hitchcock's last book was Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London. Married with two children, she lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
Published October 17, 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Frankenstein inspired hundreds of stage productions before the classic 1931 film and the not-so-classic ’60s TV series The Munsters, Young Frankenstein and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Aug 01 2007 | Read Full Review of Frankenstein: A Cultural History

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Literary historian Hitchcock (Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London ) leads readers on a guided tour of Frankenstein appearances in this colorful and consistently entertaining narrative.

Aug 06 2007 | Read Full Review of Frankenstein: A Cultural History

Sci-Fi Bulletin

If, like me, you haven’t watched the early Hammer horror films (bar the Quatermass movies) for a long time, then get hold of this new version of The Curse of Frankenstein and allow it to revitalise your interest in the Bray Studios’ output.

Oct 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Frankenstein: A Cultural History

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