Bradley Hall, Y-16
Important Announcements and Updates
continues to be updated regularly; remember to check for assigned readings,
planned viewings, and so on.
The next two weeks look like this:
Volume I, Chapter 5–Volume II, Chapter 9 (40–105)
While focusing on a particular historical period, this exhibit does offer insights into definitions of monsters and the monstrous:
Only through September 23!
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6–8 pm
Free for students with valid ID.
Online reservation required: RSVP
I have posted a revised and corrected syllabus; if you were not in class on Wednesday, download and print out a copy. Once you have read and familiarized yourself with it, detach and complete the last page to be submitted in class next week.
“Commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein—a classic of world literature and a masterpiece of horror—a new exhibition at the Morgan shows how Mary Shelley created a monster. It traces the origins and impact of her novel, which has been constantly reinterpreted in spinoffs, sequels, mashups, tributes and parodies. Shelley conceived the archetype of the mad scientist, who dares to flout the laws of nature, and devised a creature torn between good and evil. Her monster spoke out against injustice and begged for sympathy while performing acts of shocking violence. In the movies, the monster can be a brute pure and simple, yet he is still an object of compassion and remains a favorite on stage and screen.”
“Mary Shelley’s , published in 1818, has inspired hundreds of films; in 1910 Thomas Edison produced the first cinematic version in his Bronx studio, starring Charles Stanton Ogle as the monster. Hollywood audiences fell in love with after the 1931 Universal Pictures version, featuring Boris Karloff’s iconic block-headed, neck-bolted creature and the hysterical doctor’s spectacular laboratory of tesla coils and steam-spewing equipment, all in glorious black and white.
“In 1957, the British production company Hammer Films produced the first of its seven Frankenstein films, which focused more on the Gothic aspects of the book and the obsession, ambition, and guilt of the doctor (usually played by Peter Cushing). These films overflow with mournful music, overwrought Victorian décor and costumes, lusty characters, and decidedly more disfigured, wrathful monsters—all amplified by a highly artificial, gruesome color palette that makes even a glimpse of blood into a horrifying experience.”
If students attend one or more of these events, and provide evidence of attendance (ticket stub, program, unretouched digital image, et cetera) along with a typed one- to two-page personal response (review, analysis, reflection, critique, et cetera), they can receive additional points: a single event and written response is worth 2 points extra credit unless otherwise noted.
Note: For Fall 2018, ENG 251-C2 is Frankenstein-themed in honor of the
200th anniversary of its publication.
All readings and viewings will be connected to the classic Mary Shelley text and its interpreters.