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Home > English > Advanced > Module A: Comparative Study of Texts and Context > Elective 2: Texts in Time > Frankenstein and Blade Runner

Frankenstein and Blade Runner

Peter Yorke, St Marys Senior High

Introduction
Frankenstein: Structure and genre
Background and context
Researching the context
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Characters and Ideas
From Frankenstein to Blade Runner
Blade Runner: an introduction
Background and context for the film
The futuristic setting
Characters
Summing up both texts
Writing topics
Resources for Blade Runner

Introduction

The elective Texts in Time involves the study of two texts. One pair of texts listed for study consists of the novel, Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus (1818) by Mary Shelley, and the film Blade Runner (1982),directed by Ridley Scott. Writing about this unit could involve the following:

Comparative study of common features of both texts
Discussion and understanding of the contexts in which both these texts were composed. Analysis of how language and other communication techniques contribute to the creation and reading of both texts. Discussion and research.

Compare the years in which the texts were produced, 1818 and 1982. What are the major changes in terms of industry, and society and technology over this period?

Frankenstein: Structure and Genre

The text of the novel Frankenstein and page numbers cited here are from both the Penguin Classic edition edited by Maurice Hindle and the prescribed Penguin Red Classic edition. The full text of the novel is also available online on several sites. For example: http://www.guttenburg.org/ and www.literature.org .

Structure

The novel is structured as a ‘nest of stories’, one narrative inside another. Each narrative gives a different perspective on events.

Who are the three narrators? How do their accounts of events fit together? At times the novel...
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