English R1B

Reading and Composition: Frankentext: Reproduction and Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
18 Fall 2022 Zodrow, Kristin
MWF 4-5 214 Haviland


Reproduction (literally, “bringing into existence again”) can refer to making copies of works of art or the creation of offspring. The focus of this class will be Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein and its adaptations in the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to analyzing selected literary and cinematic rehearsals of Frankenstein, we will consult historical sources, literary/art criticism, and contemporary theories of labor, gender, and biological life not only to situate this novel’s interest in life and art within its Romantic-era milieu but also to ask about the novel's endurance and transmutation as a text.

As an R1B, a major focus of this class will be the development of research and writing skills. The class will guide you in the creation of your own academic texts through assignments focused on selecting and citing sources, drafting, and revision.

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