ENG 251: Film and Literature, Fall 2018
Section C2: Thursday, 8:30–11:15 am, G-311
CRN 10917


Brian T. Murphy

Bradley Hall, Y-16

e-mail: brian.murphy@ncc.edu

Schedule and Office Hours

Important Announcements and Updates

Thursday, 20 September:
The main page, continues to be updated regularly; remember to check for assigned readings, planned viewings, and so on.
The next two weeks look like this:

27 Sep.

Volume I, Chapter 5Volume II, Chapter 9  (40–105)  
Criticism and analysis: Peter Brooks, “What Is a Monster?” (368-390); Patrick Brantlinger, “The Reading Monster” (468-476); Jonathan Bate, “[Frankenstein and the State of Nature]” (476-480)

Viewing:  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) 1, 2; Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994);
James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931)  (Excerpts)

Research Topic Due
Response Paper 3 due

 4 Oct.

 Volume III, Chapter 1Chapter 7  (107–161)
 Criticism and analysis: TBA

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) 1,  2
James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Response Paper 4 due




Friday, 14 September:
I have posted information about two more Extra Credit opportunities on the main page, both again at The Morgan Library and Museum:

While focusing on a particular historical period, this exhibit does offer insights into definitions of monsters and the monstrous:

Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders
The Morgan Library and Museum

Only through September 23!


College Night 2018–Monster Masquerade

The Morgan Library and Museum

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6–8 pm
Free for students with valid ID.
Online reservation required:

Friday, September 7:
I have posted a revised and corrected
syllabus; if you were not in class on Wednesday, download and print out a copy. Once you have read and familiarized yourself with it, detach and complete the last page to be submitted in class next week.

In addition, I have posted the first of many Extra Credit opportunities on the main page:

It's Alive! Frankenstein at 200
The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-0008

Commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein—a classic of world literature and a masterpiece of horror—a new exhibition at the Morgan shows how Mary Shelley created a monster. It traces the origins and impact of her novel, which has been constantly reinterpreted in spinoffs, sequels, mashups, tributes and parodies. Shelley conceived the archetype of the mad scientist, who dares to flout the laws of nature, and devised a creature torn between good and evil. Her monster spoke out against injustice and begged for sympathy while performing acts of shocking violence. In the movies, the monster can be a brute pure and simple, yet he is still an object of compassion and remains a favorite on stage and screen.”

Exhibit and numerous events, October 12, 2018 through January 27, 2019


Hammer Horror: A Frankenstein Septet
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, published in 1818, has inspired hundreds of films; in 1910 Thomas Edison produced the first cinematic version in his Bronx studio, starring Charles Stanton Ogle as the monster. Hollywood audiences fell in love with Frankenstein after the 1931 Universal Pictures version, featuring Boris Karloff’s iconic block-headed, neck-bolted creature and the hysterical doctor’s spectacular laboratory of tesla coils and steam-spewing equipment, all in glorious black and white.

“In 1957, the British production company Hammer Films produced the first of its seven Frankenstein films, which focused more on the Gothic aspects of the book and the obsession, ambition, and guilt of the doctor (usually played by Peter Cushing). These films overflow with mournful music, overwrought Victorian décor and costumes, lusty characters, and decidedly more disfigured, wrathful monsters—all amplified by a highly artificial, gruesome color palette that makes even a glimpse of blood into a horrifying experience.”

Seven different films, with multiple screenings, October 1218, 2018

If students attend one or more of these events, and provide evidence of attendance (ticket stub, program, unretouched digital image, et cetera) along with a typed one- to two-page personal response (review, analysis, reflection, critique, et cetera), they can receive additional points: a single event and written response is worth 2 points extra credit unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, September 5:
The main page and syllabus have been updated.
Our first meeting is tomorrow at 8:30 in G Building, Room 311.

Monday, July 16:
The main page and syllabus will both be updated before the start of the Fall 2018 semester.
Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4; our first meeting is at 8:30 on Thursday, September 6 in G Building, Room 311.

Note: For Fall 2018, ENG 251-C2 is Frankenstein-themed in honor of the 200th anniversary of its publication.
All readings and viewings will be connected to the classic Mary Shelley text and its interpreters.

The class page for Fall 2017, the last time I taught this class, is located here.
If you are looking for the previous announcements, they are here.



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