Chris Schonberger
October 05, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Frankenstein is lit-crit dissection of Mary Shelly’s protean monster, tracing its path from Romantic nightmare to ubiquitous icon.
Funny or Frightening?
The fearsome creature devolved into Frankenweenie in a 1984 Disney short directed by a young Tim Burton.
Lowdown
Susan Tyler Hitchcock’s study draws on eclectic sources — scientific debate, comic books, and even punk music — to stitch together a compelling text. B+

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