Power and Otherness
Cultural Studies "has been the study of the unstable cultures and cultural identities that arise for groups – ethnic minorities, immigrants, women – that may have trouble identifying with the larger culture in which they find themselves – a culture which is itself a shifting ideological construction" (Culler 46)
By its very interdisciplinary nature, Cultural Studies follows Roland Barthes’ definition of treating literature as fluid “text”, rather than finished “work.” In the following pages, we demonstrate the textuality of Frankenstein by exploring how the novel has been influenced by and had an impact on culture, all the way from Napoleon to comic books.
We all know “Frankenstein”—the big green monster with the bolts in his neck whose face has graced every form of media from ballet to the most recent Apple Christmas commercial. While the New Critics might insist that we only examine the creature from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, looking at the novel from a cultural studies perspective allows us to see the ways in which the monster has left the page and rampaged across our popular cultural landscape for centuries.
Mov(i)e on over Shelley, it's time for some new talent!
Frankenstein may be almost 200 years old, but the monster is still VERY much alive. But is Shelley's original idea still alive within this new media...?
Let's give Frankenstein a second chance for something more.