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Professor Fiona Sampson - Mary Shelley and the Romantic self

University of Bristol

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 from 18:30 to 19:30 (BST)

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Autumn Art Lecture 2018: Monsters 

Mary Shelley shared the Romantic era’s fascination with what makes a human self: from galvanism and chemistry to education, political or emotional agency and emotion. In this illustrated talk Fiona Sampson, author of the critically acclaimed biography In Search of Mary Shelley, explores Romantic ideas of selfhood, of modernity and of biography through the prism of Shelley’s own life and work. She reveals how these helped the teenaged author create her novel Frankenstein, and its archetypes which still resonate for us today.

Professor Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer. She has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and the recipient of a number of national and international honours for her poetry, she has worked as a violinist, in health care and as an editor.


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Inspired by the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, this year’s Autumn Art Lectures explore the ubiquity of monsters in culture as a prevalent part of our self-consciousness and social identity.

Opening with a reassessment of Mary Shelley by Fiona Sampson (whose acclaimed biography In Search of Mary Shelley was published earlier this year) we revisit Shelley’s archetype in relation to other monsters from various periods and contexts, asking why Frankenstein’s monster has both fascinated and repelled us since the first publication of Frankenstein, the modern Prometheus in 1818.

The series then moves to a medieval context with Alixe Bovey attributing the origins of modern Britain to savage giants - myths that have not wholly disappeared from our culture. An international approach will be taken by Ronald Hutton, whose discussion of dragons will demonstrate their moral, as well as geographic, diversity. Whilst Gilda Williams takes us into the 21st century, addressing issues of gender and the modern Gothic through the art of Louise Bourgeois. Finally, we complete the series with Xavier Bray examining the supernatural and eerie in the art of Goya (including the so-called Black Paintings) demonstrating the potentially beneficial function of the monstrous.


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Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Road
BS8 1RJ Bristol
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 from 18:30 to 19:30 (BST)

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