About This Project

Celebrating the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), students from Loyola Marymount University’s “HNRS 2300: Literary Analysis” were tasked with generating digital projects that brought to life various aspects of the novel. After spending the first half the semester close reading the novel and exploring different critical approaches to Frankenstein, students embarked on their own journeys. Their explorations included: examining the life and times of Mary Shelley; the material conditions of travel during the period; the history of galvanism and mental illness; how the Frankenstein myth persists in contemporary science; and how Shelley’s use of horror might be used as a blueprint for writing effective contemporary screenplays in the genre.

This project is a collaboration between LMU’s Honors Program and the William H. Hannon Library.

Course creator and instructor: Alexandra Neel, professor of English
Course embedded librarian & site creator: Melanie Hubbard, Digital Scholarship Librarian