Frankenstein At The FLPL

By  | September 13, 2021 | Filed under: News

This month at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library it’s all about Frankenstein:

Traveling Exhibit

Sept. 27 – Nov. 6
In 1816, Mary Shelley conceived a story about a scientist who creates a creature that can think and feel, but is monstrous to the eye. Spurned by all, the embittered creature turns into a savage killer. Shelley’s story served as a metaphor for apprehensions about scientific advancement that continue to resonate today.
“Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature” is a traveling exhibit, guest curated by historian and educator Susan E. Lederer, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison), with a companion website.
From the National Library of Medicine: “On a dark and stormy night in 1816, Mary Shelley began writing a story that posed profound questions about individual and societal responsibility for other people.

“To make her point, the young novelist used the scientific advances of her era and the controversy surrounding them as a metaphor for issues of unchecked power and self-serving ambition, and their effect on the human community.

“Since that time, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has become one of the Western world’s most enduring myths. The story provides a framework for discussions of medical advances, which challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.”

The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition and companion website.
Mary Shelley was 18 years old when she began writing “Frankenstein,” inspired by what she called a “waking dream” in which she envisioned “the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, shows signs of life.” Portrait of Mary Shelley, ca. 1851-1893, Courtesy of The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
In the 1931 film version of “Frankenstein,” Boris Karloff portrayed the monster. His makeup showed the creature with scars, a surgically-altered skull, and bolts protruding from his neck, which deeply affected audiences. Boris Karloff as the Monster in Frankenstein, 1931, Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC

Media Release/Florence-Lauderdale Public Library 

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