Henry Clerval Scolding Victor Frankenstein: An autoethnographic poem about graduate students and their daemons


  • Adam David Henze Indiana University


Frankenstein, poetic inquiry, autoethnography, higher education, mental health, Mary Shelley


This article explores the “daemons” that many university students face by exploring Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a creative way. Using a poetic method called “erasure,” the author of this article cut fragmented descriptions of Victor Frankenstein, and stitched them together to craft a poem about the need for self-care in the university setting. The poem includes a preface to provide some theoretical context and background information on Frankenstein.

Author Biography

Adam David Henze, Indiana University

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Research Associate


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How to Cite

Henze, A. D. (2021). Henry Clerval Scolding Victor Frankenstein: An autoethnographic poem about graduate students and their daemons. McGill Journal of Education / Revue Des Sciences De l’éducation De McGill, 55(3). Retrieved from https://mje.mcgill.ca/article/view/9849



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