1. What place does the Frankenstein character have in popular culture? Where have we seen the Frankenstein character in popular culture? Movies? Cartoons? Advertisements? Television? Toys? Take a few minutes and discuss this idea with those around you
2. The rise of Frankenstein Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley, was first published in 1818 in London Critical reception to the novel was low, but the novel was an immediate popular success By 1823, the book had already been interpreted as a play - Presumption; or The Fate of Frankenstein, by Richard Brinsley Peake Many theatrical renditions followed throughout the 19th century 3. 1910 - The first film adaptation of the tale was done by Edison Studios. The 16 minute silent film was thought to be lost until it was rediscovered in 1980. 4. 1931 The most famous of the film versions of Frankenstein was produced by Universal Studios. Boris Karloff starred as the monster. 5. 1948 Universal Pictures produced a total of eight Frankenstein-based films, culminating in the comedy, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 6. 1966 Filmic adaptations continue to spiral away from Mary Shelleys original text. In this sci-fi/western/horror B-movie from 1966, the legendary American outlaw, Jesse James, goes against the monster in Jesse James Meets Frankensteins Daughter. 7. More Variations Frankenstein as superhero, in the DC comic book series The video game, Fable II, contains a quest where a character named Victor is on a quest to reanimate the body of a dead woman. 8. And more Frankenstein, as celebrity spokesman? As political activist? 9. Now to find out how it all started For homework: Read Letters 1-4 and Chapter one of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Left: Steel engraving for frontispiece to the revised edition of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in 1831.