Clockworks Academy Class on Dracula 1931

This is my class on the 1931 Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi! Feel free to share it widely! I’ll respond to comments and questions by email, in the comments below, or on twitter @doctormoffett!


Here is a list of books, articles, essays, and movies I consulted in preparation for this lecture:

Barthes, Roland. S/Z. Blackwell, 1990.

Flynn, John L. Cinematic Vampires : the Living Dead on Film and Television, from The Devil's Castle (1896) to Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). McFarland & Co., 1992.

Hunt, Leon, et al. Screening the Undead : Vampires and Zombies in Film and Television. 2014.

Joslin, Lyndon W. Count Dracula Goes to the Movies : Stoker's Novel Adapted, 1922-1995. McFarland & Co., 1999.

Klinger, Leslie S. Notes to The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker. Norton, 2008.

Kristeva, Julia. Desire in Language : a Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art. Columbia University Press, 1980.

Laemmle, Carl et al. Dracula. Fullscreen. ed., Universal Studios, 1999.

Peirse, Alison. “Dracula on Film, 1931 - 1959.” In: Lockhurst, R, (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to ‘Dracula'. Cambridge Companions to Literature . Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Rickels, Laurence A., and ProQuest. The Vampire Lectures. University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

Skal, David J. Hollywood Gothic : the Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen. Norton, 1990.

Skal, David. “Feature Commentary” on Carl Laemmle et al. Dracula. Fullscreen. ed., Universal Studios, 1999.

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Dover, 2000.

Ursini, James., and Alain Silver. The Vampire Film. A. S. Barnes, 1975.

Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew. The Vampire Film : Undead Cinema. Wallflower, 2012.

Williamson, Milly. The Lure of the Vampire : Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy. Wallflower, 2005.

Wolf, Leonard. Notes to The Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker. Clarkson N. Potter, 1975.

Plus wikipedia and IMDB to double check actor and crew member names and dates.


The motion picture Dracula copyright by Universal Studios, 1931.

Frankenstein copyright Universal Studios, 1931.

The Mummy copyright Universal Studios, 1932.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula copyright by Columbia Pictures, 1992.

Sesame Street copyright Sesame Workshop, 2019.

My use of clips from copyrighted materials in this lecture is fair use since the material is used in an educational context for analysis of the text, the clips are not presented in such as way as to diminish the market or value of the copyrighted work, I am not profiting from the use of the copyrighted material, and the total quoted material is equal to less than 10% of the content of the copyrighted film.

Dracula  is available to rent via YouTube and Google Play and probably elsewhere too!

Clockworks Academy Class on Bride of Frankenstein

This is my class on Bride of Frankenstein, the 1935 sequel to Frankenstein ! Feel free to share it widely! I’ll respond to comments and questions by email, in the comments below, or on twitter @doctormoffett!


Here is a list of books, articles, essays, and movies I consulted in preparation for this lecture:

Benjamin, Walter. “The Task of the Translator.” Selected Writings Volume 1. Ed. Marcus Bullock and Michael W. Jennings.Cambridge, Mass: Belknap, 1996 .

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Monster Theory : Reading Culture. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Forry, Steven Earl. Hideous Progenies : Dramatizations of Frankenstein from Mary Shelley to the Present. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

Glut, Donald F. The Frankenstein Archive : Essays on the Monster, the Myth, the Movies, and More. McFarland & Co., 2002.

Horton, Robert. Frankenstein. Wallflower Press, 2014.

Hutcheon, Linda. A Theory of Adaptation. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Ingam, Rex et al. The Magician. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1926.

Lang, Fritz et al. Metropolis. Parufamet, 1927.

Kristeva, Julia. Desire in Language : a Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art. Columbia University Press, 1980.

Leni, Paul et al. The Man Who Laughs. Universal Pictures, 1928.

MacQueen, Scott. “Feature Commentary” on Carl Laemmle et al. Bride of Frankenstein. Fullscreen.. ed., Universal Studios, 1999.

McClelland, C. “Of Gods and Monsters: Signification in Franz Waxman’s film score Bride of Frankenstein.” Journal of Film Music, 7 (1) (2014).

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Dover, 2014.

Wegener, Paul et al. The Golem: How He Came Into the World. Universal Film, 1920.

Whale, James et al. Bride of Frankenstein. Universal Studios, 1935.

Wolf, Leonard. Notes to The Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Clarkson N. Potter, 1977.

Wolfson, Susan J. and Ronald L. Levao. Notes to The Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Belknap, 2012.

Young, Elizabeth. “Here Comes the Bride: Wedding Gender and Race in ‘Bride of Frankenstein.’” Feminist Studies, vol. 17, no. 3, 1991, pp. 403–437.

Plus wikipedia and IMDB to double check actor and crew member names and dates.


The motion pictures Metropolis, The Magician, The Man Who Laughs and Der Golem are in the public domain.

The motion picture Bride of Frankenstein is protected under copyright by Universal Studios, 1935. My use of clips from "Bride of Frankenstein" in this lecture is fair use since the material is used in a educational context for analysis of the text, the clips are not presented in such as way as to diminish the market or value of the copyrighted work, I am not profiting from the use of the copyrighted material, and the total quoted material is equal to less than 8% of the audio and 10% of the video content of the copyrighted film, of which more than two minutes is simply the movie's credits.

Bride of Frankenstein is available to rent via YouTube and Google Play and probably elsewhere too!

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The answer is lots of training and preparation! Check out the courses I offer here at Clockworks Academy, including the upcoming:

A course on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, beginning June 24, 2019
A course on Medieval Werewolves, beginning July 5, 2019
A course on Beowulf, scheduled to begin in September 2019

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Frankenstein 1931: It's a movie. IT'S A MOVIE!!

This is my class on the 1931 Frankenstein movie! Feel free to share it widely! I’ll respond to comments and questions by email, in the comments below, or on twitter @doctormoffett! If you’d prefer an audio-only version you can find, listen to, and download it here.


Here are the sources I used to put this video together:

Benjamin, Walter. “The Task of the Translator.” Selected Writings Volume 1. Ed. Marcus Bullock and Michael W. Jennings.Cambridge, Mass: Belknap, 1996 .

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Monster Theory : Reading Culture. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Forry, Steven Earl. Hideous Progenies : Dramatizations of Frankenstein from Mary Shelley to the Present. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

Hutcheon, Linda. A Theory of Adaptation. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Picart, Caroline Joan S. “Re‐birthing the monstrous: James Whale's (Mis) reading of Mary Shelley'sFrankenstein,” Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 15:4, 382-404.

Picart, Caroline Joan, and ProQuest. Remaking the Frankenstein Myth on Film : Between Laughter and Horror. SUNY Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003.

Picart, Caroline Joan. “Visualizing the Monstrous in Frankenstein Films.” Pacific Coast Philology, 35:1 (2000), pp. 17-34.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Dover, 2014.

Wolf, Leonard. Notes to The Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Clarkson N. Potter, 1977.

Wolfson, Susan J. and Ronald L. Levao. Notes to The Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Belknap, 2012.

Plus wikipedia and IMDB to double check actor and crew member names and dates.


The motion picture Der Golem is in the public domain.

The motion picture Frankenstein is protected under copyright by Universal Studios, 1931, 1959. My use of clips from "Frankenstein" in this lecture is fair use since the material is used in a educational context for analysis of the text, the clips are not presented in such as way as to diminish the market or value of the copyrighted work, I am not profiting from the use of the copyrighted material, and the total quoted material is equal to less than 8% of the audio and 10% of the video content of the copyrighted film, of which more than two minutes is simply the movie's credits.

Frankenstein 1931 is available to rent via YouTube, Amazon Prime, and iTunes, and probably elsewhere too!