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Film screening, fancy dress lecture and Halloween Monster Mingle

Wednesday 31 October 2018 | ArtsTwo | 5-9pm | Free

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The School of English & Drama at QMUL mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” in suitably scary style on Halloween. Join us for a screening of early Frankenstein films and a fancy dress lecture, followed by some scary socialising.

Frankenscreening:  Frankenstein‘s dreams of cinema

Film and Drama Studio, ArtsTwo, 17:00-18:00

Dr. Matthew Ingleby

Frankenstein is haunted by cinema – even though film was still to be invented in 1818.  The monster, who assumes life through the mediation of electricity, first learns about human relations by watching them from a distance –  like a cinema-goer, mutely gazing at the beautiful agents before him. This talk will explore the cinematic aspects of Frankenstein, its spectral gestures towards film technology and the cinematographic versions of Shelley’s novel.

 

Fancy Dress Frankenstein Lecture

ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, 18:00-19:00

Dr. Shahidha Bari

Frankenstein, published in 1818, is one of the greatest Gothic novels and the earliest example of science fiction. It’s always been a novel that is ahead of its time, toying with ideas of early feminism, globalisation, and exploring nineteenth century developments in science.  It also anticipates the ethical questions of modern medicine and technology, daring to imagine the future.  As advances in AI and prosthetic technology transform our ideas of the human, Dr. Shahidha Bari asks how does Mary Shelley’s fantasy of creation stand up against modern science?

 

Monster Munch Mingling, 7-8pm

ArtsTwo, Lobby for drinks and snacks.