Friday, February 2, 2018

Frankenstein@200: 2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference (Stanford, CA 4/20-22/2018)

Another Frankenstein conference I never heard about:



The 2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference will be held at Stanford University from April 20-22, 2018.

A celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.


Alexander Nemerov
Professor, Art and Art History at Stanford University

Lester Friedman
Professor, Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Alvan Ikoku
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Medicine at Stanford University

Catherine Belling
Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

Important Dates

  • June 1, 2017: Call for proposals opens
  • Summer 2017: Conference registration opens
  • November 1, 2017: Deadline for proposals
  • December 1, 2017: Decisions communicated
  • April 20-22, 2018: Conference dates
  • Program for Why Frankenstein Matters at 200 (Rome 7/3-6/2018)




    3-6 JULY 2018
    Eileen Hunt Botting (Political Theory, University of Notre Dame)
    Agustín Fuentes (Anthropology, University of Notre Dame)
    Greg Kucich (English, University of Notre Dame)

    Tuesday July 3
    3-5pm                          Registration at Global Gateway. Please bring presentations on jump drives to load onto computer terminal for conference sessions.

    Wednesday July 4
    8-8:30am                     Coffee and Registration at Global Gateway
    8:30am                        Welcome and Opening Remarks by Co-organizers & Giuseppe Albano, Director, Keats-Shelley House, Rome

    9-10:30am                  PANEL
    “It was on a dreary night of November”:
    Joyce Carol Oates (Creative Writing, Princeton University)
    Frankenstein and ‘Monstrous Imagination’”
    David Archard (Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast)
    “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Evil and Monstrosity”
    Steven B. Smith (Political Theory, Yale University)
    Emile, Frankenstein, and the Ethics of Science and the Scientific Imagination”
    Chair: Eileen Hunt Botting (Political Theory, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Three 20-minute papers followed by 30-minute discussion with audience

    10:30-11am                 Coffee Break in Global Gateway

    11am-12:30pm           PANEL
    “The accomplishment of my toils”:
    Susan Wolfson (English, Princeton University)
    “Reading at the Limits: Frankenstein and the ‘Savage Man’”
    Peta Katz and Jonathan Marks (Anthropology, University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
    Frankenstein and the moral dimension of life science”
    Tracy Betsinger (Anthropology, SUNY-Oneonta)
    “Frankenstein’s Creature and Vampires: Embodiments of Fear”
    Chair: Greg Kucich (English, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Three 20-minute papers then 30-minute discussion with audience

    12:30-2:30pm              Lunch Break in Rome

    2:30-5pm                    ROUNDTABLE AND FILM SCREENING
    “I collected the instruments of life around me”:
    Elizabeth Young (English and Gender Studies, Mt. Holyoke College)
    “Black Frankenstein at 200”
    Alan Coffee (Political Theory, King’s College London)
    “Slave Narrative and (or in) Frankenstein”
    Serena Baiesi (Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Bologna)
    “Strange, supernatural, and necromantic adventure”: Mary Shelley’s gothic stories and the inherence of Frankenstein
    Ronald Levao (English, Rutgers University)
    “Meta-Cinematic Metaphors in James Whale’s Films”
    Chair: Devi Snively (Independent Filmmaker)
    Format: Four 15-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with the audience 

    4-4:15pm        Break

    4:15-5pm        SCREENING OF “BRIDE OF FRANKIE” (2017),
    an independent film directed by Devi Snively and produced by Agustín Fuentes
    Format: screening of short film “Bride of Frankie,” followed by 25 minutes of discussion with director, producer, and audience. 

    5-6:30pm                     Rooftop Reception in Global Gateway

    Thursday July 5

    8:30-9am                     Coffee at Global Gateway

    9-10:30am                  ROUNDTABLE
    “The lifeless thing that lay at my feet”:
    Timothy Morton (English, Rice University)
    “What Was That Again about Frankenstein and Ecology?”
    Lilla Crisafulli (Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Bologna)
    “From the Physiognomic Body to the Problematic Self in Frankenstein
    Gudrun Grabher (American Studies and Medical Humanities, University of Innsbruck)
    “Levinas and the Ethical Challenges of Frankenstein’s Monster”
    Nancy Hirschmann (Political Theory, University of Pennsylvania)
    “Logos and Soma in Frankenstein
    Chair: Essaka Joshua (English and Disability Studies, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Four 15-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    10:30-11am                 Coffee Break in Global Gateway

    11-12:30pm                PANEL
    “The detested shore”:
    ~~ Keough Global Seminar Session ~~
    James Chandler (English, University of Chicago)
    “A race of devils”?  What to Make of the Irish Episode
    Julie Kipp (English, Holy Cross College)
    Frankenstein, the Shelley Circle, and Radical Politics in Ireland”
    Claire Connolly (Modern English, University College Cork)
    “Archipelagic Frankenstein? Sea Crossings, Scale, and National Culture”
    Chair: Chris Fox (University of Notre Dame, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies)
    Format: Three 20-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    12:30-2:30pm              Lunch Break in Rome

    2:30-4pm                    ROUNDTABLE
    “That I might infuse a spark of being”:
    Charles Gross (Psychology and Neuroscience, Princeton University)
    “Electricity and Biology in Frankenstein
    Sylvana Tomaselli (History and Political Thought, University of Cambridge)
    “Labour of Love”
    Aku Visala (Theology, University of Helinski)
    “Where Does the Buck Stop? On the Responsibility of Artificial Beings and their Creators”
    Scott Reents (Data Analytics and E-Discovery, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP)
    “Frankenjustice: Artificial Intelligence, Reason-Giving, and the Transparency of Law”
    Chair: Agustín Fuentes (Anthropology, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Four 15-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    4-5:30pm                     STUDENT POSTER SESSION AND RECEPTION
    Chair: Neil Delaney (Philosophy, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Undergraduate and graduate students from Notre Dame will be available to discuss their research posters on Frankenstein and its legacies

    Friday July 6

    8:30-9am                     Coffee in Global Gateway

    9-10:30am                  ROUNDTABLE
    “I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open”:
    Anne K. Mellor (English, UCLA)
    “Mothering Monsters: Frankenstein and Genetic Engineering”
    Eileen Hunt Botting (Political Theory, University of Notre Dame)
    “Hearing the Creature: Articulating the Child’s Right to be Genetically Modified.”
    Eben Kirksey (Anthropology, University of New South Wales, Australia)
    “CRISPR Trans-Migrations: Gene Editing and Consumer Choices”
    Blaine Maley (Anthropology and Anatomy, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine)
    “Transplants, Xenotransplants, and the Prescience of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
    Agustín Fuentes (Anthropology, University of Notre Dame)
    “We are all composite creatures: evolution, genetics, ancestry, and false narratives of lineage purity in human becoming ”
    Chair: Holly Goodson (Molecular and Cell Biology and Biophysics, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Five 12-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    10:30-11am                 Coffee Break in Global Gateway

    11-12:30pm                PANEL
    “I am a traveller”:
    Mary Jacobus (English, University of Cambridge)
    “Translating Inhospitality: Migration, Monstrosity, and the Other”
    Franca Dellarosa (Department of Letters, Language, and Arts, University of Bari Aldo Moro)
    “Frankenstein and the ‘perplexities of the rights of man’”
    Marina Calloni (Social and Political Philosophy, University of Milano-Bicocca)
    “Protecting Unaccompanied Minors.”
    Chair: Monika Nalepa (Political Science, University of Chicago)
    Format: Three 20-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    12:30-2:30pm              Lunch Break in Rome

    2:30-4pm                    ROUNDTABLE
    “I had no choice but to adapt my nature”:
    Greg Kucich (English, University of Notre Dame)
    “Peake’s Presumption of 1823”
    Jeffrey N. Cox (English, University of Colorado-Boulder)
    Melodramatic Frankenstein:  Radical Content in a Reactionary Form”
    Stuart Curran (English, University of Pennsylvania)
    Frankenstein and the Monstrosity of Literary Criticism”
    David Punter (English, University of Bristol)
    “Frankenstein in Baghdad”
    Anton Juan (Film, Television, and Theatre, University of Notre Dame)
    “Staging Presumption: Contemporizing the Creature”
    Chair: Yasmin Solomonescu (English, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Five 12-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    4-5:30pm                     Closing Reception in Courtyard of Global Gateway

    Why Frankenstein Matters at 200: Rethinking the Human through the Arts and Sciences Conference (Rome 7/4-6/2018)

    Another conference outside the US:

    Why Frankenstein Matters at 200: Rethinking the Human through the Arts and Sciences, July 4-6, 2018

    This bicentennial conference on the persisting cultural and scientific impact of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will take place July 4-6, 2018 at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway facility, adjacent to the Coliseum. The conference will bring together a group of distinguished scholars (30-35) from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds across the sciences, humanities, and arts to interact on the continuing urgency of Frankenstein—the most widely taught novel worldwide at the university level—for a broad spectrum of pressing concerns in such fields as bioethics, genetics, artificial intelligence, evolutionary theory, environmental studies, race relations and colonialism, literary and theater studies, human rights, refugee studies, gender studies, disability studies, philosophy, and religious studies.

    The organizing theme of this event considers how Shelley’s gripping  novel, and its many theatrical and screen adaptations over the years, have shaped or may shape our evolving comprehension of the human experience, especially in relation to art, culture, science, technology, ethics, and politics most broadly conceived.

    The finalized conference line-up of speakers features, among other leading writers, Joyce Carol Oates and includes the following speakers:  Stuart Curran, Anne Mellor, Jeffrey Cox, Timothy Morton, David Punter, Mary Jacobus, James Chandler, Susan Wolfson, Serena Baiese, and Claire Connolly (literary studies and Romanticism); Steven B. Smith, Nancy J. Hirschmann, Marina Calloni, and David Archard (philosophy an
    d political theory); Monika Nalepa (political science); Franca Dellarosa (comparative literature); Elizabeth Young, Ron Leavao, and Devi Snively (film studies); Eben Kirksey, Jon Marks, and Tracey Betsinger (anthropology); Charles Gross (neuroscience); Sylvana Tomaselli (history); Lilla Maria Crisafulli (gender studies) and Holly Goodson (molecular and cell biology).
    Conference activities will also include a new feminist film adaptation of Frankenstein.
    The University of Notre Dame conference organizational team represents the interdisciplinary dynamic of this event:  Eileen Hunt Botting (Political Science); Agustin Fuentes (Anthropology); Anton Juan (Film, Television, and Theater); Greg Kucich (English), and Devi Snively (Independent Filmmaker/Anthropology).

    CFP The Fates of Frankenstein Conference (4/30/2018; Edinburgh 11/23-24/2018)

    Travel grant, please: 
    The Fates of Frankenstein
    deadline for submissions: 
    April 30, 2018
    full name / name of organization: 
    Edinburgh Napier University
    contact email: 
    Call for papers
    Conference: The Fates of Frankenstein
    23-24 November 2018, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh

    2018 sees a flourishing crop of events commemorating, one way or another, the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication. The Fates of Frankenstein is a two-day conference about adaptations and appropriations of Shelley’s novel.

    The fate of Frankenstein and his monstrous creation has been to outlive their original context. Indeed, Frankenstein almost immediately escaped its book covers into Richard Brinsley Peake’s 1823 stage adaptation, Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein. Two hundred years later, Shelley’s compelling tale has given rise to what Audrey Fisch describes as a ‘panoply of manifestations and permutations’ in popular culture.

    This conference explores Frankenstein’s myriad cultural fates, in which it not only inspires new narratives and creative works but is also widely invoked by the media and in a range of social and scientific contexts. Over two anything-but-dreary days in November, the conference will take stock of the ways in which Frankenstein remains very much alive in 2018, and of trends and innovations in its adaptations, retellings, and reuses in the last two centuries.

    Confirmed speakers: Nick Dear, playwright; Professor Catherine Spooner, Lancaster University; Dr Daniel Cook, University of Dundee.

    Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Frankenstein on television, in films, on stage
    • Frankenstein for young readers and viewers, in children’s literature, in YA
    • Frankenstein art, craft, fashion
    • Fandom, fan studies, fan fiction
    • Genre treatments: Gothic, horror, weird, SF, comedy, romance
    • Interdisciplinary Frankensteins: medical humanities, environmental humanities, digital humanities
    • Frankenstein and the social sciences
    • Frankenstein and the life sciences
    • Frankenstein in technology, robotics, AI
    • Frankenstein metaphors
    • Frankenstein in the news, in politics, in social media
    • Frankenstein in science communication
    • Graphic novels
    • Cartoons, animations
    • Creative writing
    • Music, soundtracks, performance
    We welcome proposals for traditional 20-minute papers, and also encourage pre-formed panels, round tables, performances, workshops (or other appropriate format).

    Please send proposals of around 250 words plus a short biography to the conference organisers Sarah Artt and Emily Alder at by 30 April 2018.

    Last updated January 30, 2018
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    CFP Dangerous Knowledge: 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference (expired; Arizona 2/9/2018)

    Sorry to have missed posting this:

    Dangerous Knowledge: 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference at Northern Arizona University

    deadline for submissions: 
    January 22, 2018
    full name / name of organization: 
    Northern Arizona University's Graduate English Organization
    contact email: 
    Keynote Speaker: Salvador Plascencia, author of The People of Paper

    Conference Date: Friday, February 9, 2018

    Contact Email:

    As an interdisciplinary conference, PEAKS encourages and accepts research from a wide range of scholarly and creative disciplines such as literature, linguistics, rhetoric, education, creative writing, history, art history, musicology, women and gender studies, film studies, science, philosophy, psychology, communications, and much more!  

    Dangerous Knowledge: 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference at Northern Arizona University 
    EXTENDED Deadline for Submissions: January 22, 2018
    Full Name/ Name of Organization: NAU's Graduate English Organization
    Contact Email:
    Keynote Speaker: Salvador Plascencia, Harvey Mudd College, author of The People of Paper
    Conference Date and Time
    • Friday, February 9, 2018
    • Panels and Presentations: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Keynote Address: 6:30 p.m.
    Is knowledge dangerous? Under what circumstances does knowledge aid or hinder the individual? The community? What is the relationship between knowledge and progress; stagnation; desire? What does knowledge perpetuate? To honor the elements of language, communication, “otherness,” science and science-fiction, nature, psychology, history, and much more, and to discuss the implications of knowledge, the 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference would like to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In that spirit, PEAKS encourages submissions on the novel, the novel’s histories and themes, adaptations (film, print, other media), and Frankenstein and his creature as cultural icons. Topics not related to this year’s theme are also welcome!

    As an interdisciplinary conference, PEAKS encourages 15-20 minute papers from a wide range of scholarly and creative disciplines such as literature, linguistics, rhetoric, education, creative writing, history, art history, musicology, women and gender studies, film studies, psychology, and communications. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
    • Postcoloniality and “Otherness”
    • Science, Pseudoscience, and Science Fiction
    • Nature and Natural Sciences
    • Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, and Gender Studies
    • Quest for Knowledge; or, Dangerous Knowledge
    • Existence and Consciousness
    • Revenge and Revenge Narratives
    • “Birth” Myths and Family Studies
    • Construction and Creation Studies 
    • History and Historical Narratives
    • Philosophy, Morality, and Ethics
    • Image, Ego, and Formation of Identity
    • Language and Communication
    • Imaginary Geographics
    Types of Presentations: 
    • Individual Paper (8-10 pages, 15-20 minutes with Q & A) 
    • Research Project (15-20 minutes with Q & A) 
    • Creative Writing (15-20 minutes with Q & A) 
    • Panels (3-4 Presenters) (60-90 minutes)  
    Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words along with a brief, 50 words or less, description of the paper to be used on the conference website. Use the “Submit” link on by the extended deadline: January 22, 2018.

    Direct Link for Submission
    Contact Email:

    Creature Re-feature: Frankenstein at 200 at NeMLA (4/14/2018)

    49th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, April 12 to 15, 2018
    Omni William Penn 
    (full conference details at

    16.4 Creature Re-feature: Frankenstein at 200
    Saturday, Apr 14; Track 16 (01:30-03:00)

    Chair: Rikk Mulligan, Carnegie Mellon University
    Location: Carnegie III (Media Equipped)

    Cultural Studies and Media Studies & Anglophone

    "Fresh Horrors of Frankenstein: Representations in Recent Comics"
    Michael Torregrossa, Unaffiliated

    "Liberal Secret Agent Frankenstein"
    Avery Wiscomb, Carnegie Mellon University

    "Dreadful Doctor: Tempering Genius with Empathy to End the Curse of Frankenstein"
    Rikk Mulligan, Carnegie Mellon University

    "Mary Shelley among the Daleks: Reconfigurations of Frankenstein in the New Doctor Who"
    Timothy Ruppert, Slippery Rock University

    Saturday, September 30, 2017

    PCA Update 9/30

    There is one day until the submission deadline for our sponsored session for PCA 2018 on children's and young adult versions of Frankenstein. I am disappointed to report that so far we have received ZERO proposals.

    I am assuming the session will not be running.

    My thanks to those that have helped spread the word about the call. Your efforts are much appreciated.

    We will focus our attention now on promoting NEPCA 2018. Details can be found in the call for papers section of this site.

    Michael Torregrossa
    Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Han Cholo's Frankenstein

    A quick update, all of the items from ThinkGeek licensed by Universal Studios are part of a larger product line from designer Han Cholo.

    You can view all of the items and more at

    A Shocking New Discovery?

    A final post on ThinkGeek. The retailer has yet another item licensed from Universal Studios. This one is a pin designed to resemble some of the apparatus in the lab of Henry Frankenstein. (That's not a typo; remember Universal reverses the first names of Victor and Henry Clerval.) 

    Ordering instructions and full details at:

    Frankenstein the Tee-Shirt!

    ThinkGeek also offers a cool-looking Frankenstein-inspired tee-shirt. The design features Mary Shelley writing and the Creature (though not a very Shelleyian one) manifesting from her imagination behind her.

    A nice design here, BUT it is a woman's only shirt. If that applies to you, ordering instructions can be found at

    More from ThinkGeek

    In my continued browsing of the ThinkGeek site, I also came across a set of ID bracelets (another licensed product from Universal Studios) with the following description:

    You're my favorite monster 
    It's important to remember that Mary Shelley never gave her monster a name. It is we who named him Frankenstein after his creator. Frankenstein may be about many things, but one of the topics the story broaches is loneliness - that feeling the monster has that he is the only one of his kind in the world. He needs his own monster to feel kinship in this world.

    We know that feeling of not fitting in, and maybe you do, too. Perhaps you also have a special monster in your life, or you are that special monster for someone else. This set of bracelets, reading "His Monster" and "Her Monster," lets you declare both your relationship and your otherworldliness all in one.

    More details and ordering instructions at:

    Puttin' on the Glitz?

    Online retailer ThinkGeek is selling a set of Frankenstein-themed cufflinks this season. The items are officially licensed products from Universal Studios.

    The set includes one Frankenstein's Monster and one Bride of Frankenstein.

    Ordering instructions at

    Sunday, September 10, 2017

    CFP Frankenstein 1818 to 2018: 200 Years of Mad Scientists and Monsters: A First Call for Papers (6/1/2018; NEPCA 2018)

    Frankenstein 1818 to 2018:

    200 Years of Mad Scientists and Monsters

    A First Call for Papers

    The Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association seeks proposals for papers and/or complete sessions to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818 and to celebrate the longevity of her iconic characters of scientist Victor Frankenstein, “the pale student of unhallowed arts,” and his monstrous construct, “the thing he had put together,” as she succinctly describes them in her introduction to the 1831 reissue of the work.

    Proposals should explore aspects of the novel as representations of the fantastic and/or the afterlife of the text in later fantastic narratives of any genre or medium in which adaptations have occurred.

    Presentations will be part of the conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association to be held in the fall of 2018.

    Please contact area chair Michael A. Torregrossa at with your proposals in advance of the 1 June 2018 deadline.

    Further details and submission instructions will be available at Frankenstein and the Fantastic, an outreach effort of the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association, based at

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    CFP Revisiting 1818 in 2018 (9/30/2017; NeMLA 2018)

    Of potential interest:

    Revisiting 1818 in 2018

    deadline for submissions: September 30, 2017

    full name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Languages Association

    contact email:

    Call for Papers

    Panel: "Revisiting 1818 in 2018"

    Northeast Modern Languages Association

    12-15 April 2018

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Richard Johnston, United States Air Force Academy

    Panel Description: 1818 is a seminal year in British literary and cultural history. Mary Shelley published Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, and Thomas Love Peacock published another important Gothic novel, Nightmare Abbey. Other notable literary works to appear in 1818 include William Hazlitt’s Lectures on the English Poets, John Keats’ Endymion, Sir Walter Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian, and Percy Shelley’s enduring sonnet “Ozymandias” (as well as Horace Smith’s less-enduring sonnet “Ozymandias,” later retitled “On a Stupendous Leg of Granite.")  In January of that year, Lord Byron sent John Murray the final part of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage; by September, he had written the first canto of Don Juan. Also in January, Samuel Taylor Coleridge delivered a lecture on Hamlet, the first in a series of major lectures on literature and philosophy. In April, Coleridge met Keats; seven months later, Keats met Fanny Brawne. Elsewhere in the arts, the Scottish painter David Wilkie finished The Penny Wedding, and the Besses o’ th’ Barn Band was established near Manchester. Building on the 1816 and 1817 panels at the last two meetings of the Northeast Modern Languages Association, this panel welcomes papers on the literature, culture, and/or enduring legacy of 1818.

    Submission Guidelines: Please submit 300-word proposals by 30 September 2017. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the NeMLA website:

    The title of this panel is “Revisiting 1818 in 2018,” and the number is 16938.

    Questions? Contact Richard Johnston at

    Last updated September 6, 2017

    CFP Bicentenary Conference on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (11/1/2017; Venice 2/21-22/2017)

    Sorry to have missed this; the search engine for the U Penn CFP is a bit buggy:

    The Bicentenary Conference on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    deadline for submissions: November 1, 2017

    full name / name of organization: University of Venice, Italy

    contact email:

    Call for papers

    International Conference, Venice, 21-22 February 2018

    University of Venice – Cà Foscari

    The Bicentenary Conference on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

    Ever since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was first published (1818), the story of the scientist and the Creature has been constantly and widely told, discussed, adapted, filmed, and translated, making generations of readers approach the novel in an extraordinary variety of ways and languages. The myth of the ‘modern Prometheus’ which Mary Shelley invented has been passed down throughout the centuries and morphed into countless shapes and figures contributing to the enhancement of the original text.

    If first-time readers are surprised to discover that Frankenstein is not the name of the monster, and that in fact the monster has no name, all readers are given the opportunity to discover that the novel is a sort of encyclopedia, a text which explores different disciplines, from science to sociology, from psychology to medicine, from history to geography. Moreover, the numerous critical approaches to the text, varying from psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, deconstructionist, to ecocritic, all point out the multi-faceted features of the novel.

    Although it is difficult to add new and original interpretations of Frankenstein, the pressure and the pleasure to celebrate the novel remains strong and authentic. In this spirit, the conference welcomes participants to share old and new interpretations, and contributes to the promotion of the worldwide events which will be held in 2018, all paying tribute to what is unarguably one of the most famous novels in world literature. When Mary Shelley, in her long Introduction to the1831 edition, wrote about the ‘invention’ of Frankenstein, she did not know that two hundred years later others would enjoy ‘moulding and fashioning’ her original idea, fulfilling the writer’s wish for her ‘hideous progeny [to] go forth and prosper’.

    This conference aims to explore, analyse, and debate Mary Shelley’s novel and bicentenary, its reception in European culture and its influence on the media.

    Possible topics include but are not limited to:

    • Frankenstein: the 1818 and 1831 version
    • Mary Shelley’s biography
    • Frankenstein and translations
    • Frankenstein and multilingualism
    • Multicultural Frankenstein
    • Frankenstein and the visual arts
    • Frankenstein and films
    • Frankenstein and adaptations
    • The reception of Frankenstein
    • Teaching Frankenstein
    • Publishing Frankenstein

    Papers may be given in English, Italian, French and Spanish. Please send 200 words abstract for a 20-minute paper to Michela Vanon Alliata, Alessandro Scarsella and Maria Parrino at by 1 November 2017.

    Scientific committee

    Michela Vanon Alliata, Università di Venezia

    Alessandro Scarsella, Università di Venezia

    Maria Parrino, Università di Venezia

    Last updated August 21, 2017

    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    CFP 200 Years of the Fantastic: Celebrating Frankenstein and Mary Shelley (10/31/2017; ICFA 3/14-18/2018)

    Finally available:

    CfP: “200 Years of the Fantastic: Celebrating Frankenstein and Mary Shelley,” ICFA 39, March 14-18, 2018
    Posted on August 25, 2017 by Skye Cervone

    Please join us for ICFA 39, March 14-18, 2018, when our theme will be “200 Years of the Fantastic: Celebrating Frankenstein and Mary Shelley.”

    We welcome papers on the work of: Guest of Honor John Kessel (Nebula, Locus and Tiptree Award winner), Guest of Honor Nike Sulway (Tiptree and Queensland award winner; nominee for Aurealis and Crawford awards), and Guest Scholar Fred Botting (Professor, Kingston University London; author of Making Monstrous: “Frankenstein”, Criticism, Theory; Gothic; and Limits of Horror).

    Mary Shelley and her Creature have had a pervasive influence on the fantastic. Brian Aldiss famously proclaimed Frankenstein as the first science fiction novel, fusing the investigation of science with the Gothic mode. Its myriad adaptation on stage, in film and beyond have continually reinvented Shelley’s tale for contemporary audiences, from James Whale’s iconic 1931 film through Showtime’s Penny Dreadful (2014-16). Frankenstein exists in many avatars and many languages. Its central invention of the scientifically created being has become a staple of the fantastic imaginary from Asimov’s robots through Ava in Ex Machina (Alex Garland 2014) or Samantha in Her (Spike Jonze 2013). Shelley Jackson’s early hypertext Patchwork Girl (1995) and Danny Boyle’s innovatively staged version of Nick Dear’s play both shows us how Frankenstein continues to push us toward innovations in form, while the novel’s interest in themes of scientific responsibility, social isolation, and gender inequality remain sharply relevant. We invite papers that explore the many legacies of Frankenstein on fantastic genres, characters, images and modes, especially those that explore the ongoing importance of women’s contributions to them, beginning with Mary Shelley. We also welcome proposals for individual papers, academic sessions, creative presentations, and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media.

    The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2017. We encourage work from institutionally affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, graduate students, and artists.

    To submit a proposal, go to

    To contact the Division Heads for help with submissions, go to

    To download a copy of the CfP, please click here.

    CFP The Frankenstein Story in Children’s and Young Adult Culture (10/1/2017; PCA 2018)

    Pleased to announce our sponsored session for PCA:

    Friend or Fiend?
    The Frankenstein Story in Children’s and Young Adult Culture

    A Special Session of the Children’s and YA Literature and Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association

    Sponsored by Frankenstein and the Fantastic, an outreach effort of the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association

    For the 2018 Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 28-31 March 2018

    Proposals no later than 1 October 2017

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018. It is a work that has permeated popular culture, appearing in versions found across the globe, in all known media, and for all age groups. However, many aspects of this tradition remain underexplored by scholars. One of these is how the story and its characters have manifested in children’s and young adult culture.

    Like Frankensteiniana for older audiences, versions of the story for young audiences offer interesting and important approaches to the novel and its textual progeny, and they deserve to be better known and analyzed, especially since, for many, works designed for the young represent their first encounters with Frankenstein and its characters.

    Criticism on these works remains limited; though a growing number of scholars (see the selected bibliography appended to this call) have begun to offer more in the way of critical analysis, as opposed to just seeing them as curiosities. It is our hope that this session will continue this trend and foster further discussion and debate on these texts

    In this session, we seek proposals that explore representations of Frankenstein, its story, and/or its characters in children’s and young adult culture. We are especially interested in how the Creature is received in these works, especially by children and young adult characters, but other approaches (and comments on other characters) are also valid.


    Please submit paper proposals (100 to 200 words) and a short biographic statement into the PCA Database by 1 October 2017. The site is accessible at Do include your university affiliation if you have one, your email address, your telephone number, and your audio-visual needs.

    Upon submission, be sure, also, to send your details to the organizers (Michael A. Torregrossa, Fantastic [Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction] Area Chair, and Amie Doughty, Children’s and YA Literature and Culture Area Chair) at, notifying them of your intentions to serve on the panel. Please use the subject “Frankenstein at PCA”.

    Presentations at the conference will be limited to 15 to 20 minutes, depending on final panel size.

    Do address any inquiries about the session to

    Further details on the Frankenstein and the Fantastic project can be accessed at

    Further details on the Children’s and YA Literature and Culture Area can be found at

    Additional Information to Note:

    The Popular Culture Association does not allow submissions to multiple areas and limits presenters to one paper per conference. (Further information on these policies appears at

    Accepted presenters must register AND be members of the Popular Culture Association or join for 2018. (Details can be found at

    The Popular Culture Association does offer a limited number of travel grants for the conference; nevertheless, potential presenters, when submitting their proposal, should be sure to have the necessary funds to attend the conference, as no shows are noted.


    (please send details on additional references to

    Coats, Karen, and Farran Norris Sands. “Growing Up Frankenstein: Adaptations for Young Readers.” The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein, edited by Andrew Smith, Cambridge UP, 2016, pp. 241-55.

    Hawley Erin. “The Bride and Her Afterlife: Female Frankenstein Monsters on Page and Screen.” Literature/Film Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 218-231.

    - - -. “ ‘Children Should Play with Dead Things’: Transforming Frankenstein in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.” Refractory, Vol. 26, October 2015.

    - - -. “Reimagining the Horror Genre in Children’s Animated Film.” M / C Journal, Vol. 18, No. 6, 2015.

    Hitchcock, Susan Tyler. Frankenstein: A Cultural History. W. W. Norton, 2007,

    Jowett, Lorna, and Stacey Abbott. TV Horror: Investigating the Dark Side of the Small Screen. I. B. Tauris, 2013. (see especially “ ‘Show Us Your Fangs!’: Children’s Television,” pp. 26-30)

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Frankenstein (1818): The Norton Critical Edition

    Frankenstein, Second Edition
    Norton Critical Editions
    Mary Shelley (Author), J. Paul Hunter (Editor, University of Chicago)

    Book Details
    Retail: $17.50
    December 2011
    ISBN: 978-0-393-92793-1
    544 pages


    The best-selling student edition on the market, now available in a Second Edition.

    Almost two centuries after its publication, Frankenstein remains an indisputably classic text and Mary Shelley’s finest work.

    This extensively revised Norton Critical Edition includes new texts and illustrative materials that convey the enduring global conversation about Frankenstein and its author. The text is that of the 1818 first edition, published in three volumes by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Jones. It is accompanied by an expansive new preface, explanatory annotations, a map of Geneva and its environs, and seven illustrations, five of them new to the Second Edition.

    Context is provided in three supporting sections: “Circumstance, Influence, Composition, Revision,” “Reception, Impact, Adaptation,” and “Sources, Influences, Analogues.” Among the Second Edition’s new inclusions are historical-cultural studies by Susan Tyler Hitchcock, William St. Clair, and Elizabeth Young; Chris Baldrick on the novel’s reception; and David Pirie on the novel’s many film adaptations. Related excerpts from the Bible and from John Milton’s Paradise Lost are now included, as is Charles Lamb’s poem “The Old Familiar Faces.”

    “Criticism” collects sixteen major interpretations of Frankenstein, nine of them new to the Second Edition. The new contributors are Peter Brooks, Bette London, Garrett Stewart, James. A. W. Heffernan, Patrick Brantlinger, Jonathan Bate, Anne Mellor, Jane Goodall, and Christa Knellwolf.

    A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.


    List of Illustrations


    The Text of Frankenstein

    map: Geneva and Its Environs

    Title page (1818)

    Dedication (1818)




    • Mary Shelley • Introduction to Frankenstein, Third Edition (1831)
    • John William Polidori • Letter Prefaced to The Vampyre (1819)
    • M. K. Joseph • The Composition of Frankenstein
    • Chris Baldick • [Assembling Frankenstein]
    • Richard Holmes • [Mary Shelley and the Power of Contemporary Science]
    • Christa Knellwolf and Jane Goodall • [The Significance of Place: Ingolstadt]
    • Charles E. Robinson • Texts in Search of an Editor: Reflections on The Frankenstein Notebooks and on Editorial Authority
    • Anne K. Mellor • Choosing a Text of Frankenstein to Teach

    • Percy Bysshe Shelley • On Frankenstein
    • [John Croker] • From the Quarterly Review (January 1818)
    • Sir Walter Scott • From Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (March 1818)
    • Edinburgh Magazine • [On Frankenstein] (March 1818)
    • Gentleman’s Magazine • [On Frankenstein] (April 1818)
    • Knight’s Quarterly • [On Frankenstein] (August–November 1824)
    • Hugh Reginald Haweis • Introduction to the Routledge World Library Edition (1886)
    • Chris Baldick • [The Reception of Frankenstein]
    • William St. Clair • [Frankenstein’s Impact]
    • Susan Tyler Hitchcock • [The Monster Lives On]
    • Elizabeth Young • [Frankenstein as Historical Metaphor]
    • David Pirie • Approaches to Frankenstein [in Film]

    • The Book of Genesis • [Biblical Account of Creation]
    • John Milton • From Paradise Lost
    • Percy Bysshe Shelley • Mont Blanc (1816)
    • [The Sea of Ice] (1817)
    • Mutability
    • George Gordon, Lord Byron • Prometheus
    • Darkness
    • From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto III (1816)
    • Charles Lamb • The Old Familiar Faces 


    George Levine • Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism

    Ellen Moers • Female Gothic: The Monster’s Mother

    Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar • Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Eve

    Mary Poovey • “My Hideous Progeny”: The Lady and the Monster

    Anne K. Mellor • Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein

    Peter Brooks • What Is a Monster? (According to Frankenstein)

    Bette London • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity

    Marilyn Butler • Frankenstein and Radical Science

    Lawrence Lipking • Frankenstein, the True Story; or, Rousseau Judges Jean-Jacques

    Garrett Stewart • In the Absence of Audience: Of Reading and Dread in Mary Shelley

    James A. W. Heffernan • Looking at the Monster: Frankenstein and Film

    Patrick Brantlinger • The Reading Monster

    Jonathan Bate • [Frankenstein and the State of Nature]

    Anne K. Mellor • Frankenstein, Racial Science, and the Yellow Peril

    Jane Goodall • Electrical Romanticism

    Christa Knellwolf • Geographic Boundaries and Inner Space: Frankenstein, Scientific Exploration, and the Quest for the Absolute

    Mary Shelley: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography

    Glut's The Frankenstein Archive

    From the master of Frankensteiniana:

    The Frankenstein Archive: Essays on the Monster, the Myth, the Movies, and More
    Donald F. Glut

    Price: $35.00
    Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-1353-9
    Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8069-2
    55 photos, index
    233pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2002
    Available for immediate shipment

    About the Book

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, first published in 1818, started a phenomeon that has survived the years and permeated many aspects of popular culture. It has spawned numerous films, television programs, books, comics, stage presentations, and the like, and continues to do so today.

    Like the Frankenstein Monster, this work is made up of many individual parts, some of which are quite different in their specific themes, but all of which relate to Frankenstein in some way. They consider the untold true story of Frankenstein, Glenn Strange’s portrayals of the Monster, the portrayals of lesser-known actors who played the character, Peter Cushing and his role as Baron (and Dr.) Frankenstein, the classic film Young Frankenstein co-written by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder (who also starred in it), the battles between do-gooders and the Monster and other horror figures, Frankenstein in cartoons—and much more.

    Each of the 15 essays, all written by the author, is prefaced with explanatory notes that place the essay in its historical perspective, comment on its origin and content, and where appropriate, supplement the text with new, additional, or otherwise relevant information. Richly illustrated.

    Table of Contents

    Preface 1

    1 Frankenstein: The (Untold) True Story 5

    2 The "Strange" Frankenstein Monster 34

    3 A Forgotten Frankenstein? 49

    4 Peter Cushing: "Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume" 58

    5 Young Frankenstein--Classic in the Making 66

    6 Super-Heroes vs. Frankenstein (and Company) 81

    7 "What’s Up, Doc Frankenstein (Jekyll and Fu Manchu)?" 96

    8 The Beatles Meet Frankenstein 112

    9 A Score of Frankenstein Misconceptions 117

    10 Frankenstein on the Home-Movie Screen 138

    11 "This Is Your Life, Frankenstein’s Monster" 152

    12 Frankenstein Sings-and Dances, Too 157

    13 Frankenstein in Four Colors 164

    14 The Monster of Frankenstein (Almost) Returns 189

    15 The New Adventures of Frankenstein 202

    Index 217

    About the Author

    Donald F. Glut is a prolific book and article writer, and movie producer-director. He is the president of Frontline Entertainment and lives in Burbank, California.

    Friedman and Kavey's Monstrous Progeny

    Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives
    By Lester D. Friedman, Allison B. Kavey

    256 pages, 37 photographs, 152.4 x 228.6

    Paperback,August 1, 2016,$27.95

    Cloth Over Boards,August 1, 2016,$90.00

    PDF,August 1, 2016,$27.95

    EPUB,August 1, 2016,$27.95

    About This Book

    Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein is its own type of monster mythos that will not die, a corpus whose parts keep getting harvested to animate new artistic creations. What makes this tale so adaptable and so resilient that, nearly 200 years later, it remains vitally relevant in a culture radically different from the one that spawned its birth?

    Monstrous Progeny takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the Frankenstein family tree, tracing the literary and intellectual roots of Shelley’s novel from the sixteenth century and analyzing the evolution of the book’s figures and themes into modern productions that range from children’s cartoons to pornography. Along the way, media scholar Lester D. Friedman and historian Allison B. Kavey examine the adaptation and evolution of Victor Frankenstein and his monster across different genres and in different eras. In doing so, they demonstrate how Shelley’s tale and its characters continue to provide crucial reference points for current debates about bioethics, artificial intelligence, cyborg lifeforms, and the limits of scientific progress.

    Blending an extensive historical overview with a detailed analysis of key texts, the authors reveal how the Frankenstein legacy arose from a series of fluid intellectual contexts and continues to pulsate through an extraordinary body of media products. Both thought-provoking and entertaining, Monstrous Progeny offers a lively look at an undying and significant cultural phenomenon.

    Table of Contents


    Introduction: Singing the Body Electric

    1 In a Country of Eternal Light: Frankenstein’s Intellectual History

    2 The Instruments of Life: Frankenstein’s Medical History

    3 A More Horrid Contrast: From the Page to the Stage

    4 It’s Still Alive: The Universal and Hammer Movie Cycles

    5 The House of Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Step Children

    6 Fifty Ways to Leave Your Monster


    Select Bibliography


    About the Authors

    LESTER D. FRIEDMAN is a professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of over twenty books including American Cinema of the 1970s (Rutgers University Press) and the forthcoming, Tough Ain’t Enough.

    ALLISON B. KAVEY is an associate professor of early modern history at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, New York. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books including Second Star to the Right: Peter Pan in the Cultural Imagination, co-edited with Friedman (Rutgers University Press).