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!
About 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.
Table of Contents
IntroductionPart 1 Frankenstein: The BookThe Teenager Who Wrote FrankensteinSidbar: Motherless ChildrenCapsule: Walton's StorySidebar: The Northwest PassageMonstrouns Beginnings: Precursors and AntecedentsSidebar: The Word "Monster"Capsule: Victor Frankenstein's StoryAccursed Origins: The Romantic Era and Its InfluenceSidebar: Does the Title Explain It All?I Am Galvanized: Frankenstein Science, Then and NowTen Easy Steps for Setting up a Mad Scientist LabCapsule: The Orphan's StoryWhy I'm a Vegegtarian: An Interview with a Veggie MonsterSidebar: Creation of a Second Monster, EveMaps of Scotland and RussiaSidebar: Polar OppositesSidebar: From Ice-olation to the Fireside HearthFleshing It Out: How Mary Shelley Wrote ItSidebar: A Postpartum Novel?How They DiedAll Stitched Up: The 1818 and 1831 EditionsHideous ProgenyThe Quotable ShelleySons of FrankensteinJune 16--The Joyce ConnectionPart 2 Frankenstein--A Universal StoryFainting Spells: The Monster OnstageWhat Thomas Edison KnewA Whale of a Story: The Father of Frankenstein, James WhaleSuture Self: Boris Karloff Not Bela Lugosi Sews up a Big RoleBolt Upright: The Monster WalksA Good Cast Is Worth Repeating: The Bride of FrankensteinGoing to the Extremes: Giving Them a HandSidebar: I Was the Bride of Frankenstein, Elsa LanchesterSidebar: Friend? Gods and MonstersCamping It Up"I Made a Friend" Mel Brooks and Gene WilderWhen Weirds Collide: Abbott and Costello Meet FrankensteinGetting HammeredThe Animated Director: Tim BurtonDigging the Story: Andy Warhol and Kenneth BranaghA Frankenstein Film Test: Can You Identify which of these Films Was Never Made?Part 3: The Monster of Them AllHerr Frankenstein Is Greatly ChangedA Brief Introduction to Sequential Art: Comic Book TrendsFrankenstein in the Funnies--Gary Larson, Calvin and Hobbes, Foxtrot"Why I Like Frankenstein's Monster" by Dan PiraroSidebar: The Rocky Horror ShowChild's Play: Frankenstein in Children's BooksFrankenstein Enters the Atomic AgeSidebar: Frankenstein vs. DraculaA Frank Success: The Frankenstein StampFrankenstein Action FiguresCollectors: Glut and AckermanA Monstrous Crossword13 Ways of Looking at Frankenstein"You've Been Overexposed"--Frankenstein's AgentA Frankenstein QuizPutting the Monster Behind You