A fabulous place for a conference on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, hosted by the University of Venice, 21-22 February 2018 (deadline 1 November 2017).
Although it is difficult to add new and original interpretations of Frankenstein, the pressure and the pleasure to celebrate the novel remains strong and authentic. In this spirit, the conference welcomes participants to share old and new interpretations, and contributes to the promotion of the worldwide events which will be held in 2018, all paying tribute to what is unarguably one of the most famous novels in world literature. When Mary Shelley, in her long Introduction to the1831 edition, wrote about the ‘invention’ of Frankenstein, she did not know that two hundred years later others would enjoy ‘moulding and fashioning’ her original idea, fulfilling the writer’s wish for her ‘hideous progeny [to] go forth and prosper’.
This conference aims to explore, analyse, and debate Mary Shelley’s novel and bicentenary, its reception in European culture and its influence on the media.