Written almost 200 years ago, "Frankenstein" is a story of a man obsessed with creating artificial life. Yet some basic themes of Mary Shelley's novel eerily echo today's discussions on fetal tissue research, artificial intelligence, life-extension, and human cloning. This talk addresses why the novel continues to fascinate us, and why the story of Victor Frankenstein and his tortured creation lives on in popular culture through films, plays, musicals, parodies, and comic books. How could such an immortal work have been thought up by a sixteen year old girl in an era when women were not expected to write novels at all, let alone ones with such disturbing and provocative themes?
Funded project of the New York Council for the Humanities. The New York Council for the Humanities distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations.