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Creation, destruction, and science; imagination, art, and personal tragedy—this seminar explores the remarkable source of a worldwide cultural legacy by returning to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein for weekly progressive readings. Each week’s focused reading and discussion of an installment of the novel will be supplemented by art, film clips, and other literary and critical works (included in the seminar text).
Steven J. Venturino, PhD, the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, has led seminars at the Newberry Library and taught at Loyola University Chicago.
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Norton Critical 3rd ed, 2021). ISBN: 978-0-393-64402-9
For the first session, please read the book’s introduction by J. Paul Hunter, as well as pages 5-37 of the novel (from Shelley’s preface to the end of volume 1, chapter 3)