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What Makes a Monster? Reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Saturday 15 October 2022, 10.00AM to 1:15pm

Speaker(s): Maddy Potter PhD

From scientific experiments to body snatching, this course will look at the history and context of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We will begin by looking at the historical circumstances which led to Shelley writing her famous novel, and move on to a close analysis of Victor Frankenstein’s creature, as we ask: what makes a monster? Attempting to answer this question, we will explore the moral, religious, and scientific implications of the relationship between Frankenstein and his creature, analysing the humanity and monstrosity of both.

Tutor: Maddy Potter PhD

Term: Autumn

Day: Saturday

Start Date: 15 and 22 October 2022

Time: 10am-1.15pm

No. of weeks: 2 (consecutive weeks)

Full fee: £49 

This course will be delivered via Zoom. Students joining the course will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet with a microphone (essential) and a webcam (desirable), as well as a reliable broadband connection.


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Location: Online