Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. (1818). Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. New York: Simon & Brown.

Geek of the Week

  • Jose
    • Clarens, Carlos. An Illustrated History of the Horror Film (G. P Putnam’s Sons, 1967). Foreword. xi-xv
    • Bérelle, L., Boidin, D., Kozyra, R., Luère, M., (Directors). (2019). “Beyond the Aquila Rift” [Television Series]. In Fincher, D (Producer), Love, Death & Robots. 17 minutes. Available on Netflix. TRIGGER WARNING FOR NUDITY AND SEX – (Available on NYU Stream)
      • Reynolds, Alastair. Edited by Strahan, J. and Schafer, W. Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds (G0llancz: London, 2016). (ePub)
    • Wiehe, F., & King, E. (Directors). (1950, July 7). “Mars is Heaven” [Radio Program]. In Woodward, V (Producer), Dimension X. NBC.
      • This is a radio play based on a Ray Bradbury short story from 1948, and I feel pairs up nicely with the Aquila Rift piece.
        29 minutes.
    • Louisiana Purchase performs Goldfrapp’s Utopia during COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Katie
    • Liu, Ken. “The Regular.” Upgraded, by Neil Clarke, Wyrm Publishing, 2014.

Theory and Commentary

Hayles, Katherine. 1999. Chapter 10 (247-82) in How We Became Posthuman. Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press.

Significantly, all of these texts are obsessed in various ways, with the dynamics of evolution and devolution. Underlying their obsessions is a momentous question: when human meets the posthuman, will the encounter be for better of for worse? Will the posthuman preserve what we continue to value in the liberal subject? Will free will and individual agency still be possible in a posthuman future? Will we be able to recognize ourselves after the change? Will there still be a self to recognize and be recognized? (Hayles, 281)


Gormel, Elana. 2011. Science (Fiction) and Posthuman Ethics: Redefining the Human. The European Legacy 16(3): 339-54.

Additional Materials

Want to explore the genre of Romance literature more broadly? Romantic Circles is an online scholarly community that focuses on discussions about Gothic novels, early works of horror, and proto-science fiction, among other treasures.

The Fear Now podcast by XE Thesis Award Winner Ben Montoya

Here is a post from the awesome blog Open Culture about Reading Frankenstein on its 200th Anniversary.


Below is Thomas Edison’s Frankenstein from 1910