The intertextual monstrous. Appropriations of Frankenstein in the era of Quality Television

Francisco Javier López Rodríguez

Abstract

The novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary W. Shelley and published in 1818, has become one of the most influential works in the gothic-fantastic imaginary because of the many versions of this story disseminated through different media such as theatre, cinema, or comic books. This article aims to establish the ways Shelley’s work has been adapted, appropriated, or modified in TV series from the United States of America in the current phase known as Quality Television. Departing from the idea that the diverse narrative configurations that can be found in TV series shape the process of adapting previous works, this article analyzes several versions of Frankenstein made for television (as an episodic plot, as miniseries, as a TV movie, as a serial plot) paying attention to the characterization of the protagonists.

Keywords

Frankenstein, adaptation, TV series, monster, audiovisual storytelling.

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