PERSPECTIVES ON FRANKENSTEIN AT ITS 200TH ANNIVERSARY

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February 14-18, 2018 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman 3 credits

Jerrold E. Hogel, University of Arizona

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley's original novel -- Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus  -- this seminar, starting with its students reading the original 1818 text, will explore 

  • (a) the symbolic meanings of that original version, given the wide range of cultural ingredients that went into it;
  • (b) the most influential interpretations of the novel itself since its first appearance, with some attention to what each interpreter assumes;
  • (c) some exemplary adaptations of Frankenstein on film across the 20th and 21st centuries, including why they all change the original in their own ways;
  • (d) the ongoing significance today of the issues that Frankenstein raises, from problems involving gender, race, and class to the burning questions connected right at this time to genetic engineering. 
Jerrold Hogel