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The Annual Robert Welch Public Lecture in Literature

Ulster University

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 from 18:30 to 20:00 (BST)

The Annual Robert Welch Public Lecture in Literature

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 ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: How German Is It?’

The lecture will examine how much of Germany there is in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It will discuss, among other aspects, the significance of Ingolstadt, Victor Frankenstein's university and the place where his Creature is actually created; the possible importance of the leading German physiological scientist at the time, Johann Wilhelm Ritter; and the popular theory that the novel has something to do with Burg Frankenstein near Darmstadt. It will also debate, in depth, the idea that the German ghost stories collected in Fantasmagoriana were a kind of source for Mary Shelley. Towards the end, the lecture will suggest that Frankenstein is a philosophical novel (much more than mere Gothic fiction) that systematically sets man and his creation in sceneries that are supreme examples of the Kantian sublime. Consequently, Frankenstein will be interpreted as a novel about a double failure of judgement, viz. in aesthetic and in ethical terms. The dichotomy of 'terror of the soul' vs. 'terror of Germany' will be exposed as a specious one.

 

This lecture is open to everyone.

 

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Ulster University, Conor Lecture Theatre, Belfast Campus
York Street
BT15 1ED Belfast
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 from 18:30 to 20:00 (BST)


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Ulster University

Ulster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. We make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and play a key role in attracting inward investment. Our core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.

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