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.

31 Oct 2018

A Night with Frankenstein

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Come join us as we read a 1944 Weird Circle radio play adaptation of Frankenstein presented by local actors. The ghost of Mary Shelley will tell us about her life and the events leading up to her writing of Frankenstein: the Modern Prometheus. Attendees can participate in an unhappy hour and enjoy themed food and drink specials before the performance.

31 Oct 2018

Frankenstein at 200! Ghost Stories

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It was a dark and stormy night, so the legend says, when a group of friends held a competition to see who could write the best ghost story. From this contest, Mary Shelley produced her most famous work, Frankenstein. As part of the English Department’s bicentenary events for Frankenstein, the graduate students of the Eighteenth-and-Nineteenth-Century Subfield invite both graduate and undergraduate students to entertain and scare us with their own ghost tales. Further submission details can be found here.

Students, faculty, and the public are then invited to an open reading on Halloween night. The winners will be invited to share their work, and we will celebrate the Halloween season and Shelley’s lasting influence on horror and science fiction with themed treats and goodies. Check out the other series events here.

Hosted by the 18th and 19th Century Subfield and the Department of English.

All events are 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.

31 Oct 2018

Why Literature Matters: The Case of Mary Shelley

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John Cabot University in collaboration with the Keats-Shelley House Rome, is delighted to present our co-sponsored #FrankenReads event: the inaugural lecture in our Literature Matters Series given by esteemed poet and writer Professor Fiona Sampson, the author of “In Search of Mary Shelley: the girl who wrote Frankenstein.”

In her words, “Mary Shelley’s is a life that was shaped, possibly limited, yet arguably also redeemed by literature. Admittedly, she is a special case. Nevertheless, the true story of the precocious talent who produced two of our culture’s most enduring archetypes – the overreaching scientist Frankenstein, and the not quite human he creates – has much to teach us about the writing life and what it can achieve.”

31 Oct 2018

#Frankenreads x QMUL – Celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein on Halloween

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Film screening, fancy dress lecture and Halloween Monster Mingle

Wednesday 31 October 2018 | ArtsTwo | 5-9pm | Free

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The School of English & Drama at QMUL mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” in suitably scary style on Halloween. Join us for a screening of early Frankenstein films and a fancy dress lecture, followed by some scary socialising.

Frankenscreening:  Frankenstein‘s dreams of cinema

Film and Drama Studio, ArtsTwo, 17:00-18:00

Dr. Matthew Ingleby

Frankenstein is haunted by cinema – even though film was still to be invented in 1818.  The monster, who assumes life through the mediation of electricity, first learns about human relations by watching them from a distance –  like a cinema-goer, mutely gazing at the beautiful agents before him. This talk will explore the cinematic aspects of Frankenstein, its spectral gestures towards film technology and the cinematographic versions of Shelley’s novel.


Fancy Dress Frankenstein Lecture

ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, 18:00-19:00

Dr. Shahidha Bari

Frankenstein, published in 1818, is one of the greatest Gothic novels and the earliest example of science fiction. It’s always been a novel that is ahead of its time, toying with ideas of early feminism, globalisation, and exploring nineteenth century developments in science.  It also anticipates the ethical questions of modern medicine and technology, daring to imagine the future.  As advances in AI and prosthetic technology transform our ideas of the human, Dr. Shahidha Bari asks how does Mary Shelley’s fantasy of creation stand up against modern science?


Monster Munch Mingling, 7-8pm

ArtsTwo, Lobby for drinks and snacks.