Creolizing Frankenstein dissects and critically appreciates Mary Shelley’s 200-year old novel. Contributors advance two claims: first, this story is the product of creolization—the intentional conglomeration of a variety of scientific, mythological, political, religious, gender, educational, historical, and racial discourses. Second, they trace the ways in which Frankenstein has creolized itself into modern and contemporary life and culture in such a way as to have become a new mythology and political statement for each generation. The contributors to this book place Frankenstein into productive conversation with such figures and fields as Frederick Douglass and slave narrative, Frantz Fanon and postcolonial theory, Afro-Caribbean Hispanophone and Francophone literature, nineteenth century labor history, the Black Radical Tradition, Trans studies, feminist theory, Marxism and critical social theory, film studies, music and media studies, Afro-futurism and African futurism, political theory, education theory, Gothic literary studies, and Africana philosophy.
Contributors: Kyle William Bishop, Persephone Braham, Alan M. S. J. Coﬀee, Emily Datskou,Garrett FitzGerald, Jeremy Matthew Glick, Jane Anna Gordon, Lewis R. Gordon, Raphael Hoermann, Elizabeth Jennerwein, Corey McCall, David McNally, Thomas Meagher, Michael R. Paradiso-Michau, Borna Radnik, Lindsey Smith, Amy Shuﬀelton, Jasmine Noelle Yarish, Elizabeth Young, Paul Youngquist.
Michael R. Paradiso-Michau is lecturer in the Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Editor of Reflections on the Religious, the Ethical, and the Political , Paradiso-Michau has published in Continental Philosophy Review; Ethics; Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture; Journal of Scriptural Reasoning; Atlantic Journal of Communication; Radical Philosophy Review; and Shofar. He has also contributed chapters to Listening to Edith Stein: Wisdom for a New Century , Neither Victim Nor Survivor: Thinking toward a New Humanity, and Shifting the Geography of Reason: Gender, Science, and Religion .
Introduction: One Woman’s Text and a Critique of Colonialism
Michael R. Paradiso-Michau
Part I: Race, Gender, and Media
Chapter 1. Black Frankenstein at 200
Chapter 2. Gender, Race, and Frankenstein’s Creature: A Creolized Reading and Decolonial Challenges
Lewis R. Gordon
Chapter 3. The Creation of Identity in Frankenstein and Man Into Woman
Chapter 4. Revolutionary Responsibility: Mothering a Monster
Jane Anna Gordon and Elizabeth Jennerwein
Chapter 5. The Subaltern Brides of Frankenstein: Liberating Shelley’s Unrealized Female Creature on Screen
Kyle William Bishop
Chapter 6. Creolization between Horror and Science Fiction: Get Out and the Era of a Third Reconstruction
Jasmine Noelle Yarish
Chapter 7. Funking with Victor: Toward a Genealogy of Revolutionary Desire
Part II: Politics and History
Chapter 8. “You Call These Men a Mob”: Irish Rebels, Slave Insurrectionists, Luddite Martyrs, and the Monstrous Rebirth of the Wretched of the Earth
Chapter 9. Frankenstein and Slave rrative: Race, Revulsion, and Radical Revolution
Alan M. S. J. Coffee
Chapter 10. “I have undertaken this vengeance”: Echoes of Race and Specters of Slave Revolt
Chapter 11. The Creature’s Creole Education
Amy B. Shuffelton
Chapter 12. Hideous Aspects: Decolonial Barbarism and the Epistemic Politics of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Part III: Literature, Theory, and Culture
Chapter 13. Galvanic Awakenings: Frankenstein in the Spanish Caribbean
Chapter 14. Monstrous Hybridity: Transformative Readings in Who Slashed Celanire’s Throat?
Lindsey Leigh Smith
Chapter 15. Victor Frankenstein and the Crisis of European Man
Chapter 16. “Thinking that liberates itself from the anatamo-critical”: Some Notes on Frankenstein, Fanon, and the Combinatory Prometheus
Jeremy Matthew Glick
Chapter 17. Misinterpellated Monsters
Corey McCall and Borna Radnik
About the Contributors
This book has reanimated the Frankenstein monster as a timely metaphor for creolization in the wake of Black Lives Matter and the global momentum to decolonize the curriculum. Michael R. Paradiso-Michau has skillfully stitched together this edited collection to mark the hybridity of Mary Shelley’s creation—now reborn to speak for a new generation.
Creolizing Frankenstein is a rich and varied text, one that examines Mary Shelley’s novel from any number of interesting perspectives. The scholarship gathered here by editor Michael R. Paradiso-Michau proved engaging and insightful and simply fun to read. A great text for anyone who hopes to engage with Frankenstein and its enduring value, its ability to speak to culture, no matter the age in which it is read.