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This Frankenreads event will be co-hosted at Union College’s Schaffer Library Special Collections from 1:50 to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21st by Andrew Burkett (Associate Prof. of English, Union College) and Jared Richman (Associate Prof. of English, Colorado College).  Burkett and Richman will co-lecture on Union’s collection of rare book and other materials related to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, such as the novel’s 1831 edition and Barry Moser’s Pennyroyal adaptation (1983) to discuss, among other topics, the illustrated contexts of the novel and its afterlives.
Richman will explore the graphic and illustrated contexts of the novel as well as lecture on his new work on disability studies and the novel, and Burkett will explore a set of rare documents and items related to the experimental sciences and technologies of the Romantic period (e.g., galvanism, electricity, etc.).  Our aim is to open up discussion of the ways in which rare books and items in Special Collections departments may help to illuminate further the novel, its Romantic-age contexts, as well as its afterlives in various media.