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First published anonymously in 1818, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley’s novel, Frankensteinor, The Modern Prometheus, has never been out of print and may be seen as the first science fiction and dystopic novel in English.

A mesmerizing tale of scientific hubris, Mary Shelley’s novel has spawned numerous imitations, adaptations, and parodies in fiction, verse, drama, art, film, television, and digital media.

Frankenweek celebrates all things “Frankenstein” and reminds us of the various ways that Shelley’s novel still speaks to us today about issues of responsibility and accountability in science, technology, and the creative arts.


Suturing Sentences

October 29, 2018 – 11:00am to November 01, 2018 – 3:00pm
Main Floor – Lobby

An interactive event stitching together sentences from Frankenstein. 

Come make your own small book hypertext version of Shelley’s novel by stitching together sentences on flash cards with red yarn: any combination you want to produce your own monster book!

Open daily from 11 am to 3 pm Monday-Thursday.


The Monster Challenge

October 31, 2018 – 9:30am to 7:30pm
Main Floor – ASRS Viewing Room

A CSUN read-a-thon of the entire novel Frankenstein.

Sign up to read for 10 minutes or to watch your friends and professors read. Dr. Chatterjee will kick things off by reading first at 9:30 am. Let’s keep things going with non-stop reading until we get to the last sentence also read by Dr. Chatterjee.


It’s Alive!
November 01, 2018 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room

Conversations on Frankenstein and popular cultural adaptations from monsters and zombies to robots and the undead.

Come by to hear and chat with Dr. Charles Hatfield on Frankensteinand comics, Dr. Steve Wexler on Frankenstein and freedom, Dr. Chris Higgs on Frankenstein and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dr. Tomo Hattori on Frankenstein and zombies, Dr. Mauro Carassai on Frankenstein and Patchwork Girl, and Professors Sean Pessin and Gina Srmabekian on Frankenstein, AI, and Westworld.

After brief remarks from each professor, faculty will engage in conversations with each other and the audience who are most welcome to participate. Moderated by Professor Trista Payte and Dr. Ranita Chatterjee.

Frankenweek is a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Sponsored by The Oviatt Library, College of Humanities, Department of English, The Liberal Studies Program and The Learning Resource Center.