session 4

Monstrous Science and Moral Monsters

Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
12:30-2:20 p.m.
Pomerantz Center, C131
213 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
Registration Deadline: January 31
Class Limit: 70

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, published by Mary Shelley in 1818, has such a powerful hold on our imaginations that it has inspired parodies, films, and other forms of imitation or allusion for nearly two centuries. In today's world where cloning and genetic manipulation are possible and entrepreneurship is often uncritically revered, the fearful philosophical questions the novel asks about the monstrosity of "man" and the effects of the monsters we make have greater resonance than ever. In addition to studying the original novel, we'll also follow the monster's footsteps as it lurches toward us across many years and multiple versions.

INSTRUCTOR: Teresa Mangum is a professor of gender, women's, and sexuality studies and director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of Victorian Britain.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact us at 319-335-3294 or 800-469-2586.

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