A free talk by eminent Gothic fiction expert Professor Sir Christopher Frayling will mark 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
The talk takes place on Tuesday 20th February at St Peter’s Church, on Hinton Road – the location of Mary Shelley’s grave.
It has been organised by the Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University (BU) and takes place around 200 years after the first 500 copies of Frankenstein were published, on New Year's Day 1818.
Professor Sir Christopher Frayling’s illustrated lecture will explore the creation of Frankenstein, its adaptations, and its afterlife as myth.
He is a recognised authority on Gothic fiction and film, and an award-winning broadcaster who has written extensively on art, design and popular culture.
Professor Sir Christopher will also be signing copies of his latest book ‘Frankenstein - the first two hundred years’ – after the lecture.
Dr Fiona Cosson, Lecturer in Modern History at BU and Assistant Director of the Centre for Media History, said: “It is exciting to have Professor Sir Christopher Frayling coming to Bournemouth, to the very site of Mary Shelley's grave at St Peter's Church, to talk about the history of Frankenstein.
“Even 200 years after its publication, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and the adaptations it has since inspired, still holds relevance for modern society, from science and nature, to love and rejection.
“It promises to be an interesting and entertaining evening!”
The lecture starts at 7pm, and is open to all aged over 11.
It is free but tickets must be booked through the Eventbrite page.
The talk is a forerunner event to the Shelley Frankenstein Festival 2018, to be held 20 October – 6 November 2018, to celebrate 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
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