Frankenstein Two-meeting Intensive September 2017

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
Frankenstein Two-meeting IntensiveKentish TownTwo meetings @ 2.5 hours5 Sept & 12 Sept7-9:30 PM

There is renewed interest in Mary Shelley’s gothic? Feminist? Science fiction? classic. The National Theatre in London recently offered a production that peeled back the layers of the block-headed, bolted monster and gets down to Mary Shelly’s original concern: what is the relationship between the created and the creator?

Edward Mendelson offers: “Frankenstein is the story of childbirth as it would be if it had been invented by someone who wanted power more than love.” The form of the story also draws the reader into the entangled and unlimited relationship between the Creature and its creator as we move through narrators to get to the frozen final confrontation. I recommend the Norton Critical Edition as this edition includes Mary Shelley’s original 1818 edition with extensive commentary including a consideration of why the 1831 edition that Percy Bysshe Shelley heavily edited has been more popular but the earlier edition is the better- and bolder- work. Contained in that publication story is an artifact of the struggles women faced publishing. In a previous  Frankenstein conversation in Paris, we discussed, among other themes, the question of adult male friendship and how Victor’s tragedy is one of arrogance and solitude. The philosophical questions the book raises, such as if we discover the scientific method of creation, should we necessarily employ that knowledge, continues to be absolutely pertinent to our time.

For the Salon intensive we take in the whole book at once and the resulting discussion tends to be energetic. To participate in this Salon, you will want to read the book in preparation. Frankenstein is not a big read- most versions are between 110-135 pages…but it is worth giving yourself sometime to read and consider closely the many layers contained in the work.


Salon Details

  • Facilitated by Toby Brothers
  • Two Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • September 5th & 12th in Kentish Town
  • Recommended edition: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Norton Critical Edition 2E (Norton Critical Editions 2012); ISBN-13: 978-0393927931

£55  includes background materials and opening notes

To register for the study, please use the secure Paypal payment button below to pay £95. Opening notes will be sent shortly after registration.

“I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

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