Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein” — and “Blade Runner”

22 Oct
Henry Fuseli "Dream of Belinda"

Henry Fuseli: Dream of Belinda

There is no lack of material on the Internet about this famous novel. Those of you doing the 2009-2012 HSC in NSW must compare it with Scott Ridley’s 1982 movie Blade Runner, which you will also find on this site. You must attend especially to the context in which each work emerged, issues of genre, and issues of language and technique, as well as of course forming ideas about the great themes each work embodies.

Look at this essay: Frankenstein as Lucy (PDF).


Here is a beautiful site to look at: Nature, Beauty, and Power: The Romantics (Pitt State University). Another US university, Washington State, offers a plain no-nonsense introduction to Romanticism.

There is also Romanticism: an Overview on The Victorian Web. See especially Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” (1818) — A Summary of Modern Criticism.

Two YouTube videos follow; if you are at school these may just be blank spaces! Try at home.

Kenneth Branagh 1994

Opening of Blade Runner

See also Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte?.


  1. The course material for this unit prepared by Melpomene Dixon for the English Teachers’ Association NSW is really excellent!
  2. I have since done a follow-up post.

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11 responses to “Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein” — and “Blade Runner”

  1. Thomas

    October 23, 2008 at 4:45 am

    I look forward to you moving onto Belonging Neil. My curriculum subject focus on the area of study, and we’ve had to design 2 units on it using prescribed texts (I did The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick) with supplementary texts. I’ve just had to take 5 texts apart and relate them back to the text as well as the concept of belonging. Hopefully your posts will give me some ideas for my own (neglected) blog in the future.

  2. Neil

    October 23, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Like “Journeys”, “Belonging” is one of those expandable bag concepts into which almost anything can fit. 😉 The First Australians on SBS instantly comes to mind, especially the recently screened Episode 3.

    I will be getting around to it eventually. My timetable here tends to follow what my coachees are doing at the time.

    I hope “Belonging” attracts as many “customers” as “Journeys” did.

    BTW way way back I met Steven Herrick a few times; he used to come into the bookshop in Glebe where I worked in the mid 1980s.

  3. rachel

    January 14, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    wow thank you so much. Really useful stuff here 🙂

  4. Victoria

    January 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    thanks for that! v useful

  5. lacegrl130

    March 16, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Your blog is wonderful! May I add you to my blogroll?

  6. Dango247

    September 23, 2009 at 10:39 am

    hey who was the painter for that man looking out to the scenery?

  7. Rachael

    December 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Where would you get access to the course material prepared by Melpomene Dixon?

  8. Neil

    December 31, 2009 at 7:40 am

    You would need to be a member of the NSW English Teachers’ Association.

  9. Tash

    August 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Hey, just letting you know that both youtube links have expired; one has been removed by sony pictures & the other one, the embedding has been stuffed up. 🙂


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