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"Who You Callin’ “Monster”, Mister? Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein' and the Birth of Science Fiction" with Adam Rose

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Kibbitznest Liberal Arts Discussions are a collaboration with The University of Chicago Graham School to host presentations and discussions of original research.

Although Hollywood has trained us to think of “Frankenstein” as the name of “the monster”, in Mary Shelley’s novel it is actually the name of the scientist-creator rather than of his creation-creature. On the other hand, since Shelley’s point seems to be that it is the scientist-creator who is the real “monster” of the story, perhaps Hollywood hasn’t gotten things entirely wrong.

Join us as we use the 200th anniversary of the publication of Shelley’s groundbreaking Gothic novel as a convenient excuse to dissect the work that launched modern
science fiction as a literary genre.

Sponsor: McCarthy & Trinka Insurance

Adam Rose completed graduate work with the Committee on General Studies in the Humanities and the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. His interest focuses on exploring ways in which the production and reception of texts of all types affect human life and people's views of themselves as well as the world they live in.

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due to space limitations.

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