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Frankenstein at 200!

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's innovative novel
July 11, 2018

In 1818, 20-year-old Mary Shelley published Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. This fall, 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. All events are free and open to the public. For disabilities accommodations and information about the venue, email Terri Sutton at or call 612-626-1528.

Tuesday, September 25: "Early Monster Movies"
Lecture and discussion on favorite fiends of early cinema. 7 pm, Lind Hall, room 207A. [Closest parking: Church Street Garage]

Tuesday, October 23: "Monster Readings"
Twin Cities professional actors exhume Mary Shelley’s “hideous phantasm of a man” and other 19th-century monster texts. 7 pm, Lind Hall, room 207A. [Closest parking: Church Street Garage]

Wednesday, October 31: "Ghost Stories"
In honor of the prompt that sparked Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein, a reading of winning stories from a ghost story competition will be hosted by the department's 18th & 19th Century Subfield. 7pm, Pillsbury Hall, room 110.  [Closest parking: Church Street Garage]

Friday, November 2: “The Rights of Monsters: Allegory and the Body Politic”
University of Tennessee associate professor Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud is the author of Radical Orientalism: Rights, Reform, and Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Presentation will begin at 12:15 pm. Co-sponsorship with the Center for Early Modern History and the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World. 12 pm, Heller Hall, room 1210. [Closest parking: 19th Avenue Parking Ramp]

Monday, November 5: "The Monsters of Beowulf"
English faculty and graduate students read selections from Beowulf. 2:30 pm, Lind Hall, room 207A. [Closest parking: Church Street Garage]