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Frankenreads x QMUL – celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein on Halloween

31 October 2018

Time: 5:00 - 9:00am
Venue: ArtsTwo - various locations

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Film screening, fancy dress lecture and Halloween monster munch mingle

The School of English and Drama are marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in suitably scary style on Halloween. Join us for a screening of early Frankenstein films and a fancy dress lecture, followed by some scary socialising.

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Frankenscreening: Frankenstein's dreams of cinema
Film and Drama Studio, ArtsTwo, Mile End campus, 5-6pm
Dr Matthew Ingleby

Frankenstein is haunted by cinema – even though film was still to be invented in 1818. The monster, who assumes life through the mediation of electricity, first learns about human relations by watching them from a distance – like a cinema-goer, mutely gazing at the beautiful agents before him. This talk will explore the cinematic aspects of Frankenstein, its spectral gestures towards film technology and the cinematographic versions of Shelley's novel.

Please note there is a limited capacity for this event so please arrive early.

Fancy dress Frankenstein lecture
ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus, 6-7pm
Dr Shahidha Bari

Frankenstein, published in 1818, is one of the greatest Gothic novels and the earliest example of science fiction. It’s always been a novel that is ahead of its time, toying with ideas of early feminism, globalisation, and exploring nineteenth century developments in science. It also anticipates the ethical questions of modern medicine and technology, daring to imagine the future. As advances in AI and prosthetic technology transform our ideas of the human, Dr Shahidha Bari asks how does Mary Shelley’s fantasy of creation stand up against modern science?

Monster munch mingling
ArtsTwo Lobby, 7-8pm

Come along for drinks and snacks. Halloween costumes very much encouraged.

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