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Episode 52: Frankenstein

October 20th, 2019

For the fifty-second episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by friend and Ph.D. candidate Sarah Stanley to discuss one of the most important horror novels of all time: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

The trio discuss the novel's impact for over 200 years, as an early science fiction novel and in all the adaptations since 1818. They explore how the novel and its adaptations reflect the historical, social, and cultural contexts in which they emerged. They also analyze the text for how it relates to different philosophies of life and identity before concluding on why the story remains so meaningful to this day.

Primary editing on the episode was done by Jean-Michel Berthiaume, and end song comes from CarrieLynn's favorite Frankenstein adaptation: Mel Brooke's Young Frankenstein.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website