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Framing Frankenstein: Mary Shelley and the monster after 200 years

This open lecture wil be given by Professor Susan Lederer (William Evans Fellow), University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About the lecture

Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, is 200 years old. The book, published by a twenty-one-year old English woman in 1818, has had an enduring and compelling influence on Western culture. More than that, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus, has become part of a collective vocabulary that shapes the reception and discussion of new developments in biomedicine and their bioethical implications.

This public lecture considers the ways in which the Frankenstein framework (a more simplistic rendering of Mary Shelley's tale of a monster and his maker) has infused both medical and popular discussions since the late 19th century through the present day, when the prefix "Franken" can be used to signal a range of developments from genetically modified foods (Frankenfoods) through such radical interventions as head transplants (Frankenstein surgeries).

Another event about Frankenstein

Panel Discussion and Screening of the 1935 film Bride of Frankenstein


  • Professor Susan Lederer (William Evans Fellow), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Professor Gareth Jones, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago
  • Dr. Thomas MCLean, Department of English & Linguistics
  • Dr. Paul Ramaeker, Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago

Thursday 4 October 2018
Otago College of Education Auditorium, 145 Union Street East
5pm to 7.30pm

Frankenstein 200 anniversary poster

Date Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Time 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Public Lecture
DepartmentMedia, Film and Communication
LocationBurns 1 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building
Contact Phone03 479 8371

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