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Frankenstein Bicentennial: "Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her 'Hideous Progeny,'" by
Start Date: 2/28/2018Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 2/28/2018End Time: 4:00 PM

Event Description:
2018 is an important year in the literary world. It marks the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. This work is an astonishingly timely narrative that explores fundamental questions about the limits of science, the ethics embedded within pushing forward with new technologies, and the relationship between and danger of trying to control the natural world. It also has an immense legacy in film and other forms. Additionally, while Mary Shelley is not the first English woman to publish, she is one of the most lauded women writers of the early 19th century.
With an introduction by Dean Shannon Miller to this opening event for the year, Professor Peel’s lecture will be the first event to kick off the celebration spanning Spring and Fall 2018 semesters. Our goal is to not only highlight the novel itself but also to incorporate many academic disciplines into the celebration in an effort to bring interdisciplinary thought to the conversation of a novel that, even after two hundred years remains popular and culturally relevant.
Reflecting on the origin of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley later wrote that she was often asked "how I, then a young girl, came to think of . . . so very hideous an idea." We will attempt to answer that question by looking at cultural and scientific forces in her day, and by considering her early life--which itself could be a Gothic tale. We will then ask how the novel has managed to play so powerfully on our wishes and fears for two centuries, becoming a myth continually reborn in new avatars, now including a ballet.
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SJSU Main Campus - Student Union
Room: Meeting Room 4B
Contact Information:
Name: Dr. Katherine D. Harris
Phone: (408)924- 4475
“Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her ‘Hideous Progeny,'”
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