I really got cranking on the reading notes this week; I had 17 letter-size pages! (For everyone but Americans: that’s about A4 format.) While I don’t consider the book to be entertainment reading, it certainly packs a lot of ideas and symbols, so much that we take away from it different parts.
I have trouble with the notion that it falls in the science fiction genre. There is so little effort at giving any scientific explanation for the reanimation, and few other allusions to science (though many to Knowledge) that it constitutes more trappings than substance. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I think focusing on the knowledge-Man-was-not-ready-for is missing a lot of the picture.
To go with my online class Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World, I started a series of posts listing companion materials in pop culture, preferably ones that are a little forgotten, have not received the attention I think they deserve, or take an unusual angle. All the better if they are available online, double-plus for free.
These are the ones I propose to accompany Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, Or: The New Prometheus.
Here is a fun one: the National Institute of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has an online exhibit and lesson plans on Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature as part of its higher education section on the history of medicine.