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On November 1st, the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Middle Modernity Group will be participating in Frankenreads, an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus for Halloween 2018. On this “dreary night of November,” we will embark on a marathon reading of the 1818 edition along with other participants from around the world. All members of the UW-Madison community—including faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students—are invited to join us.
Frankenstein is one of the most frequently taught works of literature in college English courses and commonly (if controversially) considered one of the first science fiction novels written in English. Published when Mary Shelley was only 20, the novel continues to speak to contemporary issues such as ethics in science and technology and the demonization of the unfamiliar.
Frankenstein will take us approximately 10.5 hours to read aloud from start to finish. You are invited to participate in any way you like: by signing up to read one or more sections of the novel (see below) or by simply dropping in. You do not need to stay the entire time and are more than welcome to just come and listen or cheer us on. Light refreshments will be served.
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m.
Location: 7191 Helen C. White
*Organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America. See here for more: https://frankenreads.org
We will be reading from the 1818 edition. Linked below, you can find a free PDF copy with sections marked. (From Frankenstein: A Longman Cultural Edition. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 2007.)
If you are interested in signing up to read in advance, please enter your name and information next to your chosen time slot(s) in the Google Doc below. Please note, however, that times are approximate, so you are encouraged to allow for a buffer:
Finally, please share this event with students, colleagues, peers, and friends!
We are excited for what promises to be an unforgettable experience.