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IT'S ALIVE! The First Two Hundred Years of 'Frankenstein' by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling

Centre for Media History, Bournemouth University

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

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The Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University, in association with the Shelley Frankenstein Festival, proudly present 

"ITS ALIVE!" - the first two hundred years of 'Frankenstein'

By Professor Sir Christopher Frayling

In 1851, Mary Shelley was buried at St Peter's Church, Bournemouth, near the new Shelley home in Boscombe. But there was no mention of 'Frankenstein' on her head-stone. By then, her unmentionable novel had left the world of literature altogether and entered the world of popular myth: it was treated by most literary critics - as it was by the local vicar - as a disreputable piece of juvenilia by the wife of the better-known Percy Shelley...

 

'Frankenstein' had first been published two hundred years ago, on New Year's Day 1818, in an expensive three-volume edition of just 500 copies. The author was eighteen when she conceived it, nineteen when she expanded her short story into a novel and twenty when it came out after being rejected by several upmarket publishers. By 1826, no less than fifteen different versions had been performed on stages in England and France, and the F-word had entered the language as shorthand for assorted public anxieties about 'progress'. It was the plays and burlesques rather than the 1818 novel which transformed the story into a significant contributor to the culture, setting the tone for countless film versions in the twentieth century.

 

Come along to this illustrated lecture, in the place of her burial, where Professor Sir Christopher Frayling will explore the creation of 'Frankenstein', its adaptations, and its afterlife as myth.

 

Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, a recognised authority on Gothic fiction and film and an award-winning broadcaster on radio and television, has written extensively on art, design and popular culture. His latest book is 'Frankenstein -the first two hundred years' published by Reel Art Press. He will be signing copies after the lecture.

 

This talk is a forerunner event to the Shelley Frankenstein Festival 2018, to be held 20 October – 6 November 2018, to celebrate 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

 

All welcome. Free Ticketed Admission.Ages 11+.

Do you have questions about IT'S ALIVE! The First Two Hundred Years of 'Frankenstein' by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling? Contact Centre for Media History, Bournemouth University

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St Peter's Church
4 Hinton Road
BH1 2EE Bournemouth
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)


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Centre for Media History, Bournemouth University

We are the Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University. We seek to stimulate and support an interest in media history for students, academics, and the wider public. We work to assist in the preservations of media and broadcasting archives. We are committed to incorporating media history into teaching and learning, and to providing an inspiring and supportive environment for postgraduate researchers.

https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/centre/centre-for-media-history/ 

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