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Frankenstein: Background

Archived Guide: VCE English Units 3&4

Source: Black, S. (2019). Frankenstein [Digital montage].

Level 1 resource"Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus (1818), is a combination of Gothic horror story and science fiction. The book tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss student of natural science who creates an artificial man from pieces of corpses and brings his creature to life." (Britannica, n.d.)

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

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Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

Frankenstein | Background concepts

Levl 2Articles

Frankenstein | Background reading

British LibraryLevel 2ArticlesArticles from the British Library's "Discovering literature" web portal on "Discovering Literature: Romantics & Victorians" that provide background information to the characters, text and themes found in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Level 2eBooks

Frankenstein | Background videos

Level 2Background videos

"Prof Alice Roberts recounts Mary Shelley’s conception of Frankenstein at the Villa Diodati, Geneva." (PBS, 2014)


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In text reference / citation: Roberts (2014) or (Roberts, 2014)
Bibliography / Reference list: Roberts, A. (2014). Mary Shelley’s conception of Frankenstein, [eVideo]. BBC, Retrieved from

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