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Erasing Frankenstein

Remaking the Monster, A Public Humanities Prison Arts Project

Edited by Elizabeth Effinger
Subjects Language Arts & Disciplines, Creative Writing, Education
Series Life Writing Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771126182, 352 pages, July 2024
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771126199, 352 pages, July 2024
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771126205, 352 pages, July 2024

Table of contents

Introduction: Meet the Monster: I or Us by The Erasing Frankenstein Collective – Elizabeth Effinger in collaboration with Sue Sinclair
I or Us – The Erasing Frankenstein Collective
Chapter 1: The Harms of Incarceration and the Transformative Potentiality of Art: Reflections from Experiential Knowledge – Nyki Kish
Chapter 2: “Harm Asks Questions of Me”: On the Practice and Ethics of Erasure Poetry – Sue Sinclair
Chapter 3: The Composite Art and Carceral Aesthetics of I or Us – Elizabeth Effinger
Chapter 4: Embracing the “workshop of filthy creation”: Frankenstein, Failure, and the Public Humanities – Elizabeth Effinger
Afterword – Mark A. McCutcheon
Further Reading: Annotated List of Erasure Poems


Erasing Frankenstein showcases a creative exchange between federally incarcerated women and members of the prison-education think tank Walls to Bridges Collective at the Grand Valley Institution for Women (GVI) in Kitchener, Ontario, and graduate and undergraduate students from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Working collaboratively by long-distance mail, the artists and contributors made the first-ever poetic adaptation of Frankenstein, turning it into a book-length erasure poem. An erasure poem is an example of “found art,” a poem created by piggybacking on an existing text; the words that are not part of the poem are erased or blacked out, and what is left is the poem. This book presents the original erasure poem alongside reflections from participants on the experience.