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Come and find out more about that crucial and influential novel of 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, in an afternoon of presentations and discussions in the heart of London.

Lecturers from the School of Humanities at the University of Westminster will discuss the novel and Mary Shelley’s life and times, exploring how Frankenstein relates to issues such as political monstrosity, Scotland and landscape, gender and sexuality, the influence of thinkers like Mary Wollstonecraft and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the processes of ‘writing monstrosity’, and the afterlife of Mary Shelley in text and film. The day will finish with a screening of, and discussion about, Kenneth Branagh’s compelling 1994 film adaptation, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  The full programme is below.

Speakers: Simon Avery, Michelle Geric, Monica Germanà, Emma McEvoy, Matt Morrison, Alex Warwick.

The event is open to everyone and is free of charge. Please register using the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-mary-shelleys-frankenstein-an-afternoon-of-discussions-tickets-51578614023



12.30-12.45 Welcome and introductory remarks (Simon Avery)

12.45-1.30 SESSION ONE

Monica Germanà: Frankenstein, landscape and monstrosity

Matt Morrison: Writing monsters

1.30 – 2.30 SESSION TWO

Michelle Geric: Frankenstein, Rousseau and inclusivity

Simon Avery: Mary Wollstonecraft, Frankenstein and gender

Alex Warwick: Frankenstein and political monsters

2.30 – 3.00 Break and refreshments

3.30 – 3.40 Emma McEvoy: Representing Mary Shelley, and round up of discussions

3.40 – 3.50 Simon Avery and Monica Germanà: Introductory remarks on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, directed Kenneth Branagh, 1994

3.50 – 5.50 Film screening of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

6.00 Finish