2 Lesson Plans Using NYPL BIBLION FRANKENSTEIN
NYPL Biblion Frankenstein is a free and easy-to-use online resource and iOS app from the New York Public Library (NYPL), featuring curated primary and secondary documents that examine Mary Shelley’s seminal work, "Frankenstein," through historical, thematic, and cultural lenses.
From the original 1818 handwritten draft to an essay discussing modern America’s fascination with monsters, this collection presents the topic of "Frankenstein" as both a Romantic literary masterpiece and a pop culture icon. Users can explore the theme of ostracism, make connections between "Frankenstein" and other literary works, consider the legal and moral ramifications of remixing, and much more.
NYPL Frankenstein deconstructs Mary Shelley’s original source material, while offering a multitude of supplementary material that should enrich the experience of reading the novel. Whether in the midst of reading "Frankenstein" or having just finished it, this thoughtfully curated collection encourages students to critically examine a literary work in both historical and modern contexts, connecting its themes to their own lives and experiences.
nypl biblion frankenstein Breakdown
Ease of Use
NYPL Frankenstein features Selected Themes, a collection of essays, photos, graphic novels, and videos that explore the novel’s themes on the web and on iOS. An exclusive to the iOS version is The Sources, a series of primary documents from Mary Shelley and her contemporaries.
When holding the device portrait-style, the app shows the Selected Themes section. Here, users tap on the icon of the theme to scroll through its collection. Once they are on the content page, they can read it, bookmark it, share it, link to other resources, and access all the other content in Selected Themes with the bar on the left side of the screen.
Below are brief descriptions of the sections under Selected Themes and The Sources of NYPL Biblion Frankenstein that we found especially thought provoking for teachers and students to further explore.
Selected Themes1. Outsiders: A look at what it means to be a pariah and how ideals that were considered radical in the past (e.g. equality among sexes) are now readily accepted.
- “What Makes a Monster?” by Susan J. Wolfson
- “Before Victoria: Extraordinary Women of the Romantic Era”
- Graphic Novel: The Ballad of Charles and Mary Lamb
- “In Prison: 'We’re the Monsters'” from the Metropolitan Detention Reading Group
- “The Blind and Frankenstein” by Caroline Ashby
- “A Monster’s Notes” by the NYPL Cullman Center
“Percy Bysshe Shelley: Radical, Lover, Atheist, Poet”
“Mary Shelley: An Unconventional Visionary”
Graphic Novel: An Illustrated Biography of Mary Shelley
“Mary Wollstonecraft: Early Feminist”
- “Byron and Shelley”
- “The Making of Frankenstein”
“A Synopsis and Dramatic Reading of Frankenstein”
“Cultural Interpretations of Frankenstein” by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
“Frankenstein on Stage”
“Frankenstein on the Silver Screen”
“Growing Up with Frankenstein” an interview with Henry Jenkins
“The Creature in the Cinematic Machine” by Paul Flaig
- “Tyranny Overthrown: Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound”
- “The Modern Prometheus: Pushing the Limits of Creation and Remix” an interview with Henry Jenkins
“Celebrity and Fandom in the Age of Frankenstein” by Eric Eisner
“Monster Ball” by NYPL Teen Programs
“The Monster Reads Milton: Paradise Lost” by Wm. Moeck
“Spark of Being: Electricity and the Human Body” by Madeleine Cohen
- “Automata and Frankenstein” by Erminio D’Onofrio