WGST-350: Queer Theories

Document Type

Student Paper

Publication Date

Spring 3-20-2020


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Film and Media Studies | Literature in English, British Isles

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

Monsters have been representations of othered communities since before the creation of the novel, so the Creature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein should be no exception. The Creature defies binaries and rages against social injustice, making him a queer figure of resistance. However, modern adaptations of the Creature attempt to assimilate the Creature into the larger culture, removing both its queerness and its resistance. This unqueering brings into question how othered populations become accepted, and the cost paid for such acceptance.