SEPTEMBER 13, 20, 27, and OCTOBER 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. René Prieto
“Monster” book? Frame story epitomizing “Gothic” fiction? A riveting allegory about the terrible consequences of being rejected? Written by the 19 year-old daughter of two of Britain’s most radical intellectuals, and wife to one of the Island’s greatest living poets, Frankenstein is often misunderstood and read for the wrong reasons. While a monster book, it is much more besides, and its sparkling prose and skillful narration will keep readers spellbound from the first page. Frankenstein is unique in the canon of English literature, a novel that seeks to find answers to questions about technology and about the treatment of the poor and uneducated, questions that perplexed Mary Shelley and readers of her time. She presents a unique character in Victor Frankenstein and his creation, the daemon. It is as though they were two distinct halves to one character; each half competes for attention from the other, and for the chance to be the ruler of the other half. In the end, this competition reduces both men to ruins.
The edition that Dr. Prieto will be the Second Norton Critical Edition of Frankenstein, ISBN 978-0-393-92793-1.
*Limited number available for purchase. Contact Joshua Kalin for more info.
$125, $110 Members, $50 Educator Members
DR. RENÉ PRIETO is Professor of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Fluent in five languages, he is a specialist in 19th and 20th-century literature and humanities.