Frankenstein author’s link with Dundee to be explored

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Frankenstein author Mary Shelley’s formative experiences in Dundee will be revisited at the UK’s national festival of the humanities later this year.

The University of Dundee will host ‘Mary Shelley’s Dundee: Re-animating a City’ as part of the Being Human 2015 festival.

The festival will see events take place at 41 universities and other organisations across the UK from 12th to 22nd November.

The Dundee programme includes the production and exhibition of an original comic, theatrical adaptations and immersive film screenings that will explore Shelley’s teenage years in Dundee in the 1810s.

They will also consider the ongoing impact of her best-known novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818) on modern writers, artists and filmmakers.

Dundee is said to have influenced the work of the Frankenstein author
Dundee is said to have influenced the work of the Frankenstein author

 

Dr Daniel Cook, Lecturer in English at the University, said, “We look forward to bringing new attention to the life and works of Mary Shelley, the mother of modern science fiction, at a time of substantial civic and creative regeneration taking place in a city that she says stirred ‘the airy flights’ of her young imagination’.”

‘Mary Shelley’s Dundee’ will champion the excellence of humanities research being undertaken in Scotland and help to demonstrate the vitality and relevance of this today.

Forty-one grants have been awarded to universities and cultural organisations across the UK to participate in the 11 days of “Being Human.”

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