Bringing Out What Is Good: Review of Outsiders at Durham Book Festival

Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Olive Schreiner. These five female authors defied social expectations and, according to Lyndall Gordon in her new book Outsiders, they "changed the world". Lyndall Gordon joined Professor Claire Harman at Durham Book Festival to discuss her work. Lucia Scigliano-Suarez reviews. Relying on her own upbringing in... Continue Reading →

New Podcast: The Gothic Theology of Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein presents a monstrous creature that has terrified generations of readers as the embodiment of evil. But just how monstrous is the creature really? And who is the more evil, the creature or his creator? Jon Greenaway, of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies discusses the theological beliefs that were prominent in Mary... Continue Reading →

Sacred Monster: The Gothic Theology of Frankenstein (Public lecture, 21st September)

The monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has been interpreted in various ways, from the embodiment of bad science to a metaphor for society and its treatment of the other. However, Frankestein's monster can also be cast in a religious light, as Jon Greenaway will show at this free public lecture on 21st September, 17.30, in Alington House, Durham. Refreshments will be available... Continue Reading →

Objects of Value: The Afterlives of Letters

A podcast featuring Professor Pamela Clemit is now available to download via the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing; the podcast was recorded at the centre's Lives of Objects conference, held at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, 20-22 September 2013. As part of a panel on "Archives," Professor Clemit explores the material culture of letter-writing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.... Continue Reading →

Ipad App Brings the Shelley Circle to Life

A free Ipad app and website developed by the New York Public Library showcase the hidden archives of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, and her circle. In one section, "Outsiders," Professor Pamela Clemit examines a letter written by Mary Shelley's father, the anarchist philosopher William Godwin. The NYPL's award-winning Biblion project immerses users in rare items from its vast... Continue Reading →

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