“How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and dilate upon, so hideous an idea?”
Frankenstein, 1831, Preface by the Author.
With this talk Professor Angela Wright marks the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In the centuries since, Shelley’s story of human striving, scientific ambition and monstrosity has become one of the most enduring considerations of what it means to be human. At the centre of the Frankenstein industry is Mary Shelley herself, a woman whose family connections and connection to a single novel have frequently overshadowed her other works.
Angela is Professor of Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield. A former Co-president of the International Gothic Association, her publications explore the intersections between Romanticism and the Gothic.