The Frankenstein Complex on the small screen
Mary Shelley’s motivic novel as adjacent adaptation
in Adapting Frankenstein
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This chapter proposes the concept of an ‘adjacent adaptation’, an adapted text or antecedent that appears in a single episode of an otherwise original and independent television series. Most science-fiction television narratives include at least one episode based on Frankenstein, and this chapter explores what those adaptive segments mean in terms of the larger narratives, specifically examples from The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and, most extensively, Doctor Who. Understanding the interplay between the larger series and Frankenstein as palimpsestuous texts enables viewers to understand both narratives on a deeper level.


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