A Serial Reading of Frankenstein

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar

Creation, destruction, and science: imagination, art, and personal tragedy—this seminar explores the remarkable source of a worldwide cultural legacy by returning to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein for weekly progressive readings. Each week’s focused reading and discussion of an installment of the novel will be supplemented by art, film clips, and other literary and critical works (included in the seminar text). Six sessions via Zoom.

Tuesdays 2pm-4pm, June 7 to July 12, 2022
For the first session, please read the book’s introduction by J. Paul Hunter, as well as pages 5-37 of the novel (from Shelley’s preface to the end of volume 1, chapter 3).

Registration information here.

Materials List
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. Third Norton Critical Edition, edited by J. Paul Hunter. 2021. ISBN: 978-0-393-64402-9.

Session 1
Frankenstein: Introduction, Preface, Letters I-IV, and Vol. I, chapters 1-3 (to page 37)

Session 2
Frankenstein: Vol. I, chapters 4-7

Session 3
Frankenstein: Vol. II, chapters 1-5

Session 4
Frankenstein: Vol. II, chapters 6-9

Session 5
Frankenstein: Vol. III, chapters 1-4

Session 6
Frankenstein: Vol. III, chapter 5-end

Image: An Illustration by Everett Henry for his 1934 edition of Frankenstein,  part of the Newberry Library Special Collections (Wing ZP 983 .W162).