Communiversity: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
In the Preface to the 1832 edition of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote: “And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper.” Shelley here anticipates the role that her “hideous progeny” (both the novel and the creature it describes) will have in popular culture for centuries to follow.
This one credit hour, online course provides students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community the opportunity to read and discuss Shelley’s first and best known novel. Taught by UIndy faculty, this course emulates a book club model while providing interdisciplinary and lifelong learning experiences for the UIndy campus and community.
Readings are limited to about 25 pages per week. The course is graded credit/no credit. Online discussions are supplemented by a free, optional lecture and performance series featuring Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences faculty, as well as a keynote lecture by noted scholar and editor of the recent MIT Press edition of the novel Dr. Ed Finn.
Cost & course enrollment
The course is free for all who wish to take the course.
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Lecture & performance series
As part of their mainstage series, the Theatre Department will present a new stage adaptation of Frankenstein
Preview: October 26
Opening: Oct. 27, Oct. 28, matinée Oct. 29, Nov. 2-4, matinée Nov. 5, Nov. 9-11
Thanks to the generosity of Graveyard Records, we will screen Thomas Edison’s 1910 film adaptation of Frankenstein. With support from an Interdisciplinary Performance Grant, the film will be paired with the world premiere of a new score by UIndy Music Professor John Berners, performed live.
Date: November 18, Ransburg Auditorium
Dr. Ed Finn, Arizona State University
September 25, 7 p.m.
Dr. Chad Martin, history
October 9, 7 p.m.
Dr. Abigail Mann, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Location & Time: TBA
Panel discussion: Dr. Jonathan Evans, Philosophy; Dr. Ann Cutler, Chemistry; Dr. Krista Latham, Biology & Anthropology
Date & Location: TBA