June 27, 2022

I, Science

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Frankenstein: From Literature to Myth to Bogeyman of Science

13 June, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


‘Frankenstein’ was conceived in June 1816 by the 18-year old Mary Godwin (later Shelley) during a late-night ghost story session at Lake Geneva. It has since become the creation myth for modern times and an embodiment of society’s anxieties about new science.

This illustrated lecture from Sir Christopher Frayling explores the birth of ‘Frankenstein’, the book’s legacy and the ways in which the original has been distorted over time a two hundred year journey in the company of re-animators, automata, robots and replicants.

This is followed by a round table discussion with the anatomist and top BBC presenter Alice Roberts, the lead curator of our new Robots exhibition Ben Russell, as well as Sir Christopher Frayling.

Our extra guest is journalist, film critic, and fiction writer, Kim Newman. Recurring interests visible in his work include film history and horror fiction.


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