The possibilities of ‘more human than human’ artificial intelligence and the dangers of playing God and are not new – they’re the subjects of one of the world’s first science-fiction novels.
New research shows that literary relatives tend to share a similar writing style.
‘Dark Souls’ draws on the literary theme of the ‘last man’ that emerged from the work of French author Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville and those inspired by him.
What would happen if plague destroyed all of humanity? Mary Shelley’s 1826 book suggests Earth would be better off.
From cholera outbreaks to public health actions, war metaphors have long been used to describe diseases, to show what we fear and to explain our world to ourselves.
In the project Erasing Frankenstein, students, educators and incarcerated women collaborated to created an erasure poem of Mary Shelley’s classic text, and publicly showcase their work.
It’s not just a modern fad – plant-based diets have a long and colourful political past.
Written in the same house party as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s creature was based on the “mad, bad and dangerous to know” Lord Byron.
The story of how Mary Shelley dreamed up Frankenstein is famous. Less well-known, however, is the reading material that inspired her to write.
Frankenstein might look like fantasy to modern eyes, but to its author and original readers there was nothing fantastic about it.
By showing us a world from which mothers are largely absent, Mary Shelley reminds us that the genius of motherhood lies less in biological reproduction than in the capacity to love.
Written by a teenager, Frankenstein is an extraordinary novel that still endures 200 years after its first publication.
If Mary Shelley wrote the book today, Victor would surely be a synthetic biologist. But those fiddling with living things in 2018 have hopefully learned from her cautionary tale.
On its 200th anniversary, why is it a surprise that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein at such a young age – just because she’s a woman?
Mary Shelley’s novel asked questions about the human condition that are more relevant today than ever.
The singer had Romantic notions in common with the poet – as well as with William Blake, Mary Shelley, and John Keats.