UF celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with ‘Frankenreads’

October 15, 2018
Barbara Hood

This Halloween, the University of Florida joins Frankenreads, an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. The campus events include celebration, reading and discussion on the continuing relevance of this seminal literary work that, since its appearance, has influenced millions of people across the globe.

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus, appeals to both novice and expert readers and is a work that remains highly relevant to contemporary issues. According to the Open Syllabus project Frankenstein is the most frequently taught work of literature in college English courses and the fifth most frequently taught book in college courses in all disciplines. It is one of the most read British novels in the world. Frankenreads events celebrate this important work and foster discussion about issues such as ethics in science and the human tendency to demonize the unfamiliar. Frankenreads events are listed on this link: http://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/news/index.aspx#20180925C

“We are pleased to participate in the Frankenreads celebration and encourage UF faculty, staff and students to join in on October 30th and 31st for thought-provoking discussions and readings,” said Dean of University Libraries Judy Russell.

Sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries, the UF Science Fiction Working Group, Harn Museum of Art, UF Honors Program, Creative Campus/Catalyst Fund and the UF Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment).

All events are free and open to the public.

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