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Frankenstein: Myths, Monsters, and Modern Science: Literature

Examples of Speculative Fiction

Speculative fiction is a genre of literature that uses fantastical and futuristic elements in order to discuss modern social issues. Frankenstein has similarities with popular books from the genre. Below is a list of highly regarded speculative fiction books, which are available at the library.

Speculative Fiction: Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy

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Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy, comprised of Oryx & Crake, The Year of the Flood & MaddAddam, are the most current and well known examples of speculative fiction. As in Frankenstein, this series of novels explores how the advancement of science can destroy mankind. Below are some articles that compare Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy to Frankenstein, and how Frankenstein can be viewed as speculative fiction.

Gothic Elements in Frankenstein

Frankenstein is a Gothic novel, but there are many different explanations for why that is true. Listed below are a few articles that analyze Frankenstein using a Gothic perspective, each providing a unique interpretation.

Scientific Responsibility, Consequences & Isolation

One popular view of the novel is that it is a cautionary tale for scientific hubris, which was a criticism of the popular 19th century opinion that logic and reason were more valuable than emotion. Below are some articles that explore scientific responsibility in Frankenstein, and the possible consequences.

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