Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Frankenstein

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A bolt-necked monster opens his eyes, lifts himself from his laboratory table, then lurches and stumbles toward his creator. Do we know this image because we are movie-watchers? When we imagine Frankenstein's monster, do we draw upon Mary Shelley's description? Or Boris Karloff's iconic look from the 1931 film by James Whale?

Whether as cliche or icon, the monster clearly not only escaped from Victor Frankenstein's laboratory, but also from the...

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Overview

A bolt-necked monster opens his eyes, lifts himself from his laboratory table, then lurches and stumbles toward his creator. Do we know this image because we are movie-watchers? When we imagine Frankenstein's monster, do we draw upon Mary Shelley's description? Or Boris Karloff's iconic look from the 1931 film by James Whale?

Whether as cliche or icon, the monster clearly not only escaped from Victor Frankenstein's laboratory, but also from the pages of Shelley's book to roam unimpeded through our cultural psyche.

New in the acclaimed Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair series, this guide provides the interested and curious, the serious and the ghoulish, with a new and unimaginable understanding of the Frankenstein legend. Written by an acclaimed social critic, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Frankenstein takes us from Mary Shelley's creation to the latest film adaptations and comic-book re-creations. The book includes 200 images, many seldom seen, along with maps, puzzles, and brain-teashers—whether your brain was misplaced in a scientist's lab or not!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826418241
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,250,813
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol J. Adams is an activist and author of The Pornography of Meat, Living Among Meat Eaters, and many other books challenging a sexist, meat-eating world. She is a sought-after speaker throughout North America and Europe, and has been invited to more than 100 campuses to show "The Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show," which is always being updated to include contemporary cultural representations.

Douglas Buchanan, whose interest is in artistic boundary-crossing, studies composition at the Peabody Conservatory with renowned American composer Michael Hersch; he is a recent honors graduate of the College of Wooster.

Kelly Gesch, who has completed graduate work in 19th-century women's literature and feminist theory, is an avid vocalist with interests in German and Russian art song. Kelly is also an honors graduate of the College of Wooster.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1 Frankenstein: The Book

The Teenager Who Wrote Frankenstein Sidbar: Motherless Children Capsule: Walton's Story Sidebar: The Northwest Passage
Monstrouns Beginnings: Precursors and Antecedents Sidebar: The Word "Monster"
Capsule: Victor Frankenstein's Story Accursed Origins: The Romantic Era and Its Influence Sidebar: Does the Title Explain It All?
I Am Galvanized: Frankenstein Science, Then and Now Ten Easy Steps for Setting up a Mad Scientist Lab Capsule: The Orphan's Story Why I'm a Vegegtarian: An Interview with a Veggie Monster Sidebar: Creation of a Second Monster, Eve Maps of Scotland and Russia Sidebar: Polar Opposites Sidebar: From Ice-olation to the Fireside Hearth Fleshing It Out: How Mary Shelley Wrote It Sidebar: A Postpartum Novel?
How They Died All Stitched Up: The 1818 and 1831 Editions Hideous Progeny The Quotable Shelley Sons of Frankenstein June 16—The Joyce Connection

Part 2 Frankenstein—A Universal Story Fainting Spells: The Monster Onstage What Thomas Edison Knew A Whale of a Story: The Father of Frankenstein, James Whale Suture Self: Boris Karloff Not Bela Lugosi Sews up a Big Role Bolt Upright: The Monster Walks A Good Cast Is Worth Repeating: The Bride of Frankenstein Going to the Extremes: Giving Them a Hand Sidebar: I Was the Bride of Frankenstein, Elsa Lanchester Sidebar: Friend? Gods and Monsters Camping It Up
"I Made a Friend" Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder When Weirds Collide: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Getting Hammered The Animated Director: Tim Burton Digging the Story: Andy Warhol and Kenneth Branagh A Frankenstein Film Test: Can You Identify which of these Films Was Never Made?

Part 3: The Monster of Them All

Herr Frankenstein Is Greatly Changed A Brief Introduction to Sequential Art: Comic Book Trends Frankenstein in the Funnies—Gary Larson, Calvin and Hobbes, Foxtrot
"Why I Like Frankenstein's Monster" by Dan Piraro Sidebar: The Rocky Horror Show Child's Play: Frankenstein in Children's Books Frankenstein Enters the Atomic Age Sidebar: Frankenstein vs. Dracula A Frank Success: The Frankenstein Stamp Frankenstein Action Figures Collectors: Glut and Ackerman A Monstrous Crossword
13 Ways of Looking at Frankenstein
"You've Been Overexposed"—Frankenstein's Agent A Frankenstein Quiz Putting the Monster Behind You

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