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- Reformation, Restoration, and Romeyn
- BLACK SPACE: Reading (and writing) Ourselves Into the Future
- Grassroots Activism and the American Wilderness
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
- We Want Books: Books For The Troops In World War Two
- Artists' Books: Where to put the apostrophe?
- John James Audubon's Magnificent Obsession
- National Wilderness Preservation Act 50th Anniversary
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- Special Collections: Bigelow
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- Literature in English 1713-1913
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- LGBT: A Library Perspective
- Locally Grown
- Look! Graphic Novels
The World of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
On Display from February 1st - April 21st, 2016
April 15th @ 12:55 to 1:45pm
Andrew Burkett will be giving a talk and refreshments
will be served in the Lally Reading Room. !
Be sure to grab a button!
(Available while supplies last.)
This exhibit explores the scientific and literary environment in which Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was first conceived and written. Begun 200 years ago in 1816, and revised several times during Shelley’s lifetime, Frankenstein reflects contemporary developments in the natural sciences and in literary views of the natural world. At the same time, it raises piercing questions about what it means to be human when the “unnatural” also becomes possible. Illustrating these themes are rare works from Schaffer Library’s Special Collections as well as early scientific instruments from the Union College Permanent Collection.
|Read the introduction||Read Mary Shelley's Bio
Images on the poster adapted from: Samuel Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, illustrated by Gustave Dore. New York: Harper, 1878. Frontispiece to Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. London: Colburn & Bentley, 1831. Both Union College Schaffer Library Special Collections.