The Spawn of Frankenstein: A Future Tense Event Recap

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Media Outlet: Slate

Rachelle Hampton wrote for Slate about the Spawn of Frankenstein event:

Since Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818, the novel has spawned countless derivatives, from films and musicals to Scooby-Doo episodes and sugary breakfast cereals. Almost two centuries later, it could be argued that no other work of literature has done more to shape the way people think about science and its moral consequences. But it’s not clear what lesson, exactly, Shelley hoped to impart on her readers. Is Frankenstein’s monster a cautionary tale of hubris and science to go too far? Or is that too simplistic an interpretation?


Rachelle Hampton is a senior at Northwestern University. Her work has been published in Smithsonian Magazine, In These Times, Slate and The Chicago Defender. She was previously an editorial intern at New America.