REVIEW: Frankenstein Galvanized
SARAH PARKIN reviews Frankenstein Galvanized, a new edition and essays on the Mary Shelley classic
Of course, the idea of bringing the text to life is appropriate for this wide-reaching edition, illuminated by essays from a range of academic and non-academic writers.
But as the very demand for an edition of this nature demonstrates, the classic tale of the scientist who swiftly regrets his experiments in man-making isn’t actually dead.
It’s a phenomenon, and one that’s lasted for nearly two hundred years: the continuing presence of Frankenstein and the Creature in popular culture has ensured a constant stream of new bindings and interpretations. If ever there was a saturated market, it’s this one, and any new edition of the novel has to work hard to find a gap to fill.
In many ways, then, Frankenstein Galvanized is already fighting an uphill battle, and the editor Claire Bazin’s ambitious intention to produce a volume “of interest to the general reader, the student and the academic” seems almost hopelessly naive. The fact that it succeeds even partially is therefore impressive.