It’s Alive! 200 Years of Frankenstein

22 Aug It’s Alive! 200 Years of Frankenstein

Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus, was published 200 years ago, in 1818, by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. It has long since been called the world’s first science fiction novel. In Shelley’s tale, a scientist animates a creature constructed from dismembered corpses. The gentle, intellectually gifted creature is enormous and physically hideous. Cruelly rejected by its creator, it wanders, seeking companionship and becoming increasingly brutal as it fails to find a mate.

Fast forward to 2018, where the book has served as the basis and inspiration of numerous movies in the 20th century, but the book Frankenstein is much more than pop fiction. On Thursday, September 13 at 6:00pm at the Main Library, Wabash College Professor, Matthew Weedman will examine how the invention of electricity birthed the interconnected lives of Frankenstein and cinema as well as how this Promethean symbol has evolved through film and proven itself critical to a society increasingly reliant on technology.

Through a generous grant from Indiana Humanities, the Library is able to bring this fun and exciting take on cinema to our community.

As a bonus, ***One lucky attendee will win a Frankenstein gift pack!*** Mark your calendars today!


One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an Indiana Humanities program and has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book. Learn more at views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.