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Frankenstein Then and Now, 1818-2018

May 11 - May 12

Huntington Library, Art Galleries, and Botanical Gardens

Romantic Bicentennials Symposium 2018

Program Committee Chairs: Jerrold E. Hogle (University of Arizona) and Anne K. Mellor (University of California, Los Angeles)

Steering Committee: Alan Bewell (University of Toronto), Stuart Curran (University of Pennsylvania), Denise Gigante (Stanford University), Kevin Gilmartin (California Institute of Technology), Jan Golinski (University of New Hampshire)


Presented by the Huntington, with additional funding provided by the Keats-Shelley Association (Neil Fraistat, President), the Byron Society of America (Andrew Stauffer, President), and the California Institute of Technology (Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences).

In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s original novel, major scholars, scientists, and filmmakers will discuss the ongoing cultural issues raised by Frankenstein at its time and today, from the scientific and social revolutions that surrounded it to those arising from recent adaptations and present-day debates about genetic engineering.

Draft Program (subject to change)

Friday, May 11, 2018

  • Registration and Coffee
  • Welcome
    Huntington Host Representative(s)
  • Opening Remarks
    Jerrold E. Hogle (University of Arizona) / Anne K. Mellor (UCLA)

Session 1
From Conception to Publication: Frankenstein, 1816-1818

  • Speaker
    Susan Wolfson (Princeton University)


Session 2
The Physical and Cultural “Climates” of the Original Frankenstein

  • Speakers
    Gillen D’Arcy Wood (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
    Maisha Wester (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Session 3
The Frankenstein Circle and the Scientific Revolutions of the Early 1800s

  • Speakers
    Robert Mitchell (Duke University)
    Alan Richardson (Boston College)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

  • Registration and Coffee

Session 4
Frankenstein on Film: The Crossroads of Cinema, Culture, and Popular Science

  • Speakers
    Elisabeth Bronfen (University of Zurich)
    David J. Skal (noted cultural historian, author of The Monster Show)


Session 5
Adapting Frankenstein Today: A Panel Discussion on the Problems Faced and Choices Made

  • Moderators
    Jerrold E. Hogle (University of Arizona)
    Anne K. Mellor (UCLA)
  • Panel
    Nick Dear (Writer, National Theater of Great Britain Frankenstein, 2011)
    Bernard Rose (Director, Frankenstein, Eclectic Pictures 2015)

Session 6
Frankenstein, Gene Editing, and the Advent of Designer Babies and More

  • Speakers
    Jennifer Doudna (UC Berkeley)
    Henry T. (Hank) Greely (Stanford University)
  • Closing Remarks
    Jerrold E. Hogle and Anne K. Mellor


May 11
May 12
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Huntington Library, Art Galleries, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, CA United States
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Professor Jerrold Hogle
Professor Anne Mellor