Unediting Frankenstein

Unediting Frankenstein

The following pages present two lessons in comparing Frankenstein versions:

Frankenstein: Comparing Passages
Frankenstein: Comparing Illustrations

"Frankenstein: Comparing Passages" presents two key moments in the novel as they appear in three different versions of the text: the 1818 edition, 1831 edition, and manuscript original. Accompanying discussion questions ask readers to compare these versions and explain how the changes affect the text's meaning.

"Frankenstein: Comparing Illustrations" presents the frontispiece and title-page illustrations from the 1831 edition of Frankenstein. Once again, focused discussion questions ask readers to compare and make sense of the illustrations, especially their impact on the experience of reading Frankenstein

The physical book copies represented by the digital images on these pages are held by Special Collections at UCLA's Young Research Library. To begin navigating through lessons, click on the "Frankenstein: Comparing Passages" link below. You may also navigate the lessons through the table of contents located in both the top left-hand corner or your screen and in a list below.

Underneath each image you will find a series of clickable buttons. "Description" simply gives you the name of the image, while "Annotations" will reveal any explanatory annotations (mapped onto specific "zones" of the image) you will need to understand what you are looking at. "Source" will take you to a zoomable/downloadable version of the image. You can safely ignore "Details" and "Citations."

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