Beyond the Filthy Form: Illustrating Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

  • Beatriz González Moreno
  • Fernando González Moreno
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This chapter analyses how a few illustrators have fully enriched a text which had been traditionally mistreated and simplified. Starting with Holst, we cross the Atlantic to Nino Carbé’s visual interpretation and the doppelgänger motif. Lynd Ward explores the socio-political consequences of Victor’s behaviour, while Everett Henry reflects on the creature as an unseen presence. In the same line, Moser reads the novel as a treatise on human nature. A feminist approach will be offered by Broutin, Huyette, and Odriozola, who dwell on the female daemon and the usurpation of the female body. Finally, we consider Wrightson and Grimly, and the steampunk aesthetic by Basic and Sumberac, all of them offering their most personal interpretation of the text by embracing Frankenstein as a universal myth.

Frankenstein’s Illustrated Editions

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beatriz González Moreno
    • 1
  • Fernando González Moreno
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de Letras, Department of Modern LanguagesUniversidad de Castilla-La ManchaCiudad RealSpain
  2. 2.Facultad de Humanidades, Department of History of ArtUniversidad de Castilla-La ManchaAlbaceteSpain

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