This course will focus on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the various re-creations of its monster. Along with the close reading of the original text, students are encouraged to make their own inquiry into the various heroes of Post World War II comics in Japan. By so doing, students are expected to gain some insight into the themes of the original novel and into the postwar Japanese society.
Mary Shelley's classical novel, Frankenstein (1818), still enjoys a considerable popularity, thanks largely to its 1931 Hollywood film adaptation. Through the close reading of the text and the viewing of the 1931 Hollywood film adaptation, we will first consider the image of the monster. We will then turn to the various heroes of Post World War II comics in Japan to see how the unnamed monster in Frankenstein has been further re-created. Particular attention will be paid to the theme of humanization and dehumanization.
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, ed. Johanna M. Smith, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000.
To be announced in class.
Active participation in discussion. Preliminary reading. Preperation for presentations.
Class attendance / reading assignments / resumes and oral presentations / end-term paper
１．Introduction: Images of the Frankenstein monster ２．Mary Shelley and her works ３．Epistolary novels ４．The 1931 film adaptation ５．Frankenstein and Romanticism ６．Gothic romance ７．Frankenstein and SF ８．Comics in the 1960s (1) ９．Comics in the 1960s (2) 10．Comics in the 1970s (1) 11．Comics in the 1970s (2) 12．Presentation (1) 13．Presentation (2) 14．Presentation (3) 15．Reflection on Term 1
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