26 Oct 2018

Frankenstein 200

By |2018-10-25T12:22:37-04:00October 26, 2018|Tags: , , |

As part of our year-long celebration of the bicentennial of Frankenstein, we’ll be giving away free copies of the book at the annual West Virginia Book Festival. We invite you to visit our booth at the “Word Play” section of the Book Festival, where we’ll have around 200 copies of the original 1818 edition of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, as well as an abridged edition appropriate for younger readers. We’ll also have a “monster mask” activity for children  (available under a Creative Commons license as part of nisenet.org’s Frankenstein200 project kit). This program is sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

25 Oct 2018

“Frankenstein at 200: A Campus Conversation” Conference

By |2018-10-09T09:31:39-04:00October 25, 2018|Tags: , , , |

We hope you can join us at our upcoming UCSB fall conference, “Frankenstein at 200: A Campus Conversation,” to be held on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 in Mosher Alumni House! The conference schedule is available here.

The one-day conference, commemorating the bicentennial of the first edition of Frankenstein and part of international Frankenreads celebrations, will facilitate conversations across the disciplines on the many literary, scientific, ethical, performative, political, technological, and anti/humanistic questions raised by Shelley’s text. In coming together to discuss the text’s legacy, we also hope to think together about how we may best foster interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations on the UCSB campus and beyond.

Many thanks to Dean John Majewski and the College of Letters and Science and the Department of English for their generous support of our conference. Any questions can be directed to ucsbfrankenreads@gmail.com.

13 Oct 2018

Frankenstein Bicentennial Undergraduate Conference: A Frankenreads Event

By |2018-06-15T13:52:35-04:00October 13, 2018|Tags: , , , |

The Department of English at the University of South Dakota (Vermillion) is pleased to be hosting a one-day undergraduate literature conference to continue its celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This event provides undergraduate students a platform to share their critical research in a supportive academic environment. All panels will be moderated by a faculty member, who will read and respond to the papers.

The organizers of this one-day conference invite critical papers on the subject of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, relevant contexts, and / or contemporary adaptations. Papers may take any theoretical approach to its chosen texts and contexts. Abstracts will be accepted until 1 August 2018. Please email your submission to one of the conference organizers.

For those who are able to come to the evening before, we are hosting an opening reception featuring dramatic readings of scenes from Frankenstein.

14 Jun 2018

Jane Austen Summer Program 2018: Frankenstein and Northanger Abbey

By |2018-03-04T15:06:35-05:00June 14, 2018|Tags: , , , |

The Jane Austen Summer Program is delighted to announce its sixth annual symposium, Northanger Abbey and Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror”! The events will take place June 14-17, 2018 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Carrboro, NC and at various locations on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, NC. Participants will have the opportunity to hear expert speakers and participate in discussion groups on the gothic-inspired novels. They also will partake in an English tea, dance at a Regency-style masquerade ball, attend Austen-inspired theatricals, and visit special exhibits tailored to the conference. The discussions will consider Northanger Abbey and Frankenstein in their historical contexts as well as their afterlives in fiction and film. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, K-12 teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and Austen fans—anyone with a passion for all things Austen is welcome and encouraged to attend!
For more program information, to see comments and photos from previous programs, or to register, please visit the program’s website janeaustensummer.org or follow the program at facebook.com/janeaustensummer or via twitter, @JASPhotline. You may also contact us at janeaustensummer@unc.eduEarly bird registration ends April 2, 2018!
8 Jun 2018

Nice Fictions

By |2018-03-12T11:06:02-04:00June 8, 2018|Tags: |

Among other activities, the fourth edition of Nice Fictions convention will pay a tribute to Mary Shelley’s pioneering novel with a round-table talk on Frankenstein mythos and the birth of science-fiction (schedule and panel to be announced).

23 Mar 2018

Frankenstein Weekend Retreat

By |2018-02-19T13:53:03-05:00March 23, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Do you ever get the craving to go back to English class? Join us on March 23-24, 2018 at DePauw University’s Prindle Institute for Ethics for a deep dive into Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Adults (and students aged high school and up) will have the chance to go back to school for an in-depth and fun weekend focused on all things Frankenstein. We’ll kick things off Friday night with a keynote presentation from Dr. Richard Gunderman, followed by a cocktail hour and dinner party inspired by the book. On Saturday, we’ll enjoy a full day of stimulating talks by renowned Frankenstein experts. Teachers and librarians will be able to earn CEU/LEU credits, too.

There are few works of classic literature that speak so directly to our contemporary world as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Begun in 1816 and published in 1818, the book raises big questions about the practice of science and its role in society. Questions about right and wrong, how we understand ourselves in relation to the world around us, and how we live in the world are questions we all deal with every day.