Contents Index

the structure of the human frame

Although the first sentence of the preface to the original edition, which points to Erasmus Darwin, has generally been thought to specify his Temple of Nature, Victor Frankenstein's scientific concern with animal structures might suggest the relevance to the novel as well of Darwin's Zoonomia; or, the Laws of Organic Life, published in two volumes in 1794 and 1796. The first volume, in particular, broadly considers the function of structure throughout the faunal species.