PROMPT 1. CREATING A 21st CENTURY GOTHIC CREATURE: Be like Victor Frankenstein and create a modern monster! For this prompt, visualize the character of the Creature. Using imagery and other literary techniques, create a 21st century Gothic Creature describing his/her appearance and that of the world in which he/she exists.
PROMPT 2. WRITE YOUR OWN GOTHIC SHORT STORY: Bring your main characters, their obsessions, and their world to life! Write your own Gothic short story. Start by brainstorming the mood, setting, characters, and plotlines you'll use to make it "Gothic." Don't forget to develop the Gothic elements of your story including the setting. Describe the main characters and their obsessions. What is their conflict and how does it resolve?
PROMPT 3. JOURNAL AND REFLECTION: How do your experiences compare to those of Mary Shelley's companion? Keep a journal or diary for a week, writing entries at least once a day. At the end of the week, look back over your entries and reflect on the content, then write a reflection comparing your experiences to the events recorded in Claire Clairmont's journals. Save your journal and reflection as one document (1000 words or less for each part). What kinds of events and experiences did you record?
PROMPT 4. CREATING A 21ST CENTURY PROMETHEUS: Create a "Victor Frankenstein" for our times! Modernize the story by creating a "modern" Promethean character inspired by Victor Frankenstein. Write a scene within which you describe for your reader your character's modern conflicts, motivations, and characteristics.
This curriculum was intended to complement the exhibition It's Alive! Frankenstein at 200. An investigation of Shelley's novel and its legacy, the curriculum is divided into four thematic sections. Section One explores the novel's historical context, examining the Gothic and Romantic movements as well as the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century science that inspired Mary Shelley. Section Two provides a look at Shelley's unconventional personal life, introducing her famous cast of family and friends, while Section Three investigates the process by which Mary Shelley composed and edited the novel. Section Four explores the innumerable adaptations of the book for stage, screen, and beyond.