Manner, Mood, and Message: Bowie, Morrissey, and the Complex Legacy of Frankenstein

  • Samuel Lyndon Gladden
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)


Prescient in its representation of what is now recognized as typically Romantic themes, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein stands as a signal text for the movement it helped to define and upon which much of its popular legacy depends. David Bowie and Steven Patrick Morrissey have effectively captured the mood, manner, and message of Shelley’s novel in their music, videos, and album-promoting campaigns. While one might too readily associate Morrissey, the “Pope of Mope,” with mood and Bowie, the stylistic chameleon, with manner, each draws on both of these experiential and representational modes to articulate a complex philosophy that returns, time and again, to the ideas Shelley explores: love and loss, hope and despair, beginnings and endings, and the power of language to create and to destroy.

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  • Samuel Lyndon Gladden
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  1. 1.University of Houston-Clear LakeHoustonUSA

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