Frankenstein Revisited learning resource

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Frankenstein Revisited learning resources

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Key Stages: KS4, Post 16

Subjects: English Literature

About these resources

Resources to support the study of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein at GCSE and A Level including talks by academics, short films, and a bookable workshop on Science and Frankenstein from the History of Science Museum.

Situating Frankenstein lecture

This 30-minute talk by Dr Will Bowers explores the narrative structure, literary and cultural context, and geographical symbolism of Frankenstein.

Making machines podcast

This 65-minute webinar features Professor Sharon Ruston and Professor Ursula Martin exploring the boundary between human and machine through the writings of Mary Shelley and Ada Lovelace held in the Bodleian Libraries. Using the notebooks of Sir Humphry Davy, an influence on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and the surviving manuscripts of the novel itself, Professor Sharon Ruston considers Shelley’s thought-process in writing, and how far the Creature might be thought of as crossing a boundary between automaton and man (02:18 – 33:57).

Other videos

Downloadable resources

  • Mary Shelley Timeline (3Mb)  
    Printable poster summarising the main events of Mary Shelley’s eventful and tragic early life and their influence on her best-known novel.
  • Frankenstein reading list  
    A selected list of useful external resources to deepen your appreciation of Frankenstein in its wider cultural and critical context.

Online workshop: Science and Frankenstein

A bookable online workshop from the History of Science Museum exploring the scientific background and inspiration behind Shelley’s novel with stories and objects from the museum’s collections.

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Lead image: Portrait miniature of Mary Wolstonecraft Shelley (1797–1851), Bodleian Library Shelley relics (d)

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