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date: 19 November 2019

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, itself adapted from several sources, has triggered a never-ending series of film adaptations, each exploring the meaning of human life through the evolving landscapes of cultural and technological development. Adapted in James Whale’s Frankenstein as a figure of both horror and deep pathos, the monster and his creator have played a pivotal role in the development of the cinema of gothic horror, borrowing along the way from a wide array of genres as different as surrealism, slapstick comedy, and the Western. This basic story of human fears and desires has become the archetype of intertextual adaptation methods, providing a resonant metaphor for even such homely details as the process of film editing.

Keywords: adaptation, Frankenstein, surrealism, gothic, horror, film

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