Schaffer Library bids adieu to ‘Frankenstein’


On Friday, April 15. a closing reception was held during common hour for “The World of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” an exhibition in the Schaffer Library Lally Reading Room. The exhibition included many artifacts such as scientific instruments, sketches and novels.

Many of the items displayed in the exhibition are from the founding of Union in 1795 and contain texts that largely inspire the themes within “Frankenstein.” The items acquired for “The World of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” were pulled from Schaffer Library’s Special Collections the Union College Permanent Collection.

The exhibition as a whole explored the scientific and literary studies that were being conducted during the time Shelly wrote “Frankenstein” in 1818.

The reception featured a talk given by Assistant Professor of British Romantic Literature, Andrew Burkett.

Professor Burkett’s discussion revolved around his analysis of author of “Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley. Burkett also talked about the main points in his new dissertation, “Romantic Mediations: Media Theory and British Romanticism.”

The dissertation involved an in-depth analysis of how Romantic literature has been affected by digital media, moving images and other media systems. Burkett also touched upon how Shelley’s “Frankenstein” expresses her perceptions of the scientific ideas and popular opinions that were and accepted during that time.

The exhibition is open and free to the public and will be on display until April 21, 2016.


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