2 Dec 2018

Mary Shelley & Frankenstein: from the past up to the present

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Since 1818, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein haunts the imagination of man. 
Come and participate in our full day event and discuss how this literary work has become an icon in the most diverse spheres of the Arts.
Your presence and ideas are valuable to our debate on Frankenstein. 
In addition, a book will be published to keep the memory of such special for the literary historiography: 200 years of Frankenstein. 
After all, Shelley and her creature are more alive than ever.

13 Nov 2018

British Gothic Writing 1760-1900

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Lectures and class discussion on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as part of the undergraduate course “British Gothic Writing 1760-1900.” As well as considering the gothic features of the novel, we shall explore its relation to notions of identity, gender, power, politics and imperialism.

6 Nov 2018

Discussion: Frankenstein

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Join us for a “post-mortem” (pun intended) discussion of the whole book following the previous week’s live readings. We’ll take some time to wrap up the Frankenseason with an exploration of the novel for those who reveled in the previous month’s activities and for those who haven’t gotten enough!

Event Venue: Seybert Hall Lounge, 208 North Loomis St. Naperville, IL 60540

2 Nov 2018

CREATURE: A Puppet Frankenstein Adaptation

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Rock & Roll puppetry for adults & brave children.

Find the Facebook event here. Tickets are available here for $18 / $15 matinee.

CREATURE is a 60-minute adaptation of Frankenstein that uses live music, puppetry & projection to tell a story filled with human connection, wretchedness & wonder. This imaginative retelling of Creature’s origin story features a 7-foot-tall Creature, live rock & roll accompaniment, tabletop puppetry, shadow play & projected imagery.

Our adaptation seeks to restore the intelligence, grace & violence with which the novel’s author Mary Shelley originally imbued it. Follow Creature from its birth to its travels through the wilderness where it faces choices that will define it as human or monster.

Supported in part by The Jim Henson Foundation and the Kentucky Arts Council.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Contains some violence, both implied & explicit, plus amplified rock music. Suggested for ages 8 & up.

2 Nov 2018

Frankenstein Discussion Group Part 3

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Erin McCormick, English teacher at GSA, will lead a discussion group about Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus,” meeting for three sessions on Fridays October 19 & 26 and November 2.

This program is part of “One Book, Many Conversations.” During the week of October 24-31, 2018 individuals from around the country, and internationally, will gather in small groups, online and locally, each led by a moderator, to discuss “Frankenstein.” One Book, Many Conversations was developed by a community of organizations and individuals, all on a volunteer basis, who believe that at the core of democracy lies conversation. The ability to talk with one another about the issues before us and to come together and share our many perspectives is a vital aspect of a thriving democratic society. Discussions grounded in a shared text offer valuable opportunities for genuine, open exchanges – giving everyone in the conversation a common point of reference for examining and articulating their ideas.

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Frankenstein,” and it brings us into a world that, though composed two centuries ago, is not so different from our own. “Frankenstein” has stood the test of time, is complex, and raises a broad and powerful range of questions. These include the nature of social responsibility, the ethics of scientific inquiry, what it means to create another, what we owe our children, both biological and non-biological, and, perhaps most essential, what it means to be human.

This discussion is free and everyone is welcome, but space is limited to advance registration is required using our web calendar or by calling the library at 374-5515. Copies of the book will be available to check out in advance at the library.

2 Nov 2018

“The Rights of Monsters: Allegory and the Body Politic”

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In 1818, 20-year-old Mary Shelley published Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. This fall, the University of Minnesota Department of English marks the 200th anniversary with public readings, screenings, and talks that will explore many monster creations and honor the woman who wrote the first ever science fiction novel.

The series continues November 2 with University of Tennessee associate professor Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud speaking on “The Rights of Monsters: Allegory and the Body Politic.” Cohen-Vrignaud is the author of Radical Orientalism: Rights, Reform, and Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Co-sponsorship with the Center for Early Modern History.

Free and open to the public. For disabilities accommodations and information about the venue, email Terri Sutton at sutt0063@umn.edu or call 612-626-1528.

1 Nov 2018

Frankenstein in Seoul

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Join us “on a dreary night of November” for a partial reading of Frankenstein in Korean translations. The event will take place on November 1st at the Center for English Language and Culture, Seoul National University.

The select readings will be from two translations: Kim Sunhyung’s 2012 translation of the 1818 version, and Lee Misun’s 2009 translation of the 1831 version.

The reading will be followed by a viewing of the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

31 Oct 2018

Frankenstein Senior: the scientific foundations of a myth in the Collections of Palazzo Poggi

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“Frankenstein Senior: the scientific foundations of a myth in the Collections of Palazzo Poggi” is a research project aimed at enhancing and promoting the cultural heritage of the University. The project is framed within The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 supported by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

The project shows how the scientific roots of the myth created by the English writer Mary Shelley lies in the experiments of Luigi Galvani and his nephew Giovanni Aldini and in the notion of “animal electricity” introduced in Bologna at the end of the 18th Century. With Aldini, the notion of animal electricity travelled throughout Europe in the form of shocking-demonstration performed on dead bodies in Paris and London and acted as inspiration for the Shelley’s masterpiece “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus”, published in 1818.

The contents of the project are conveyed in different communicative languages: a docudrama, a series of public events performed within the Museum of Palazzo Poggi, conferences and publications.