CFP: Global Frankenstein

Posted by Dale Townshend on May 29, 2016 in News tagged with ,

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. This edited volume is timed to celebrate its momentous impact throughout the world. The global reach of her “hideous progeny” has penetrated many disciplines including film, science, technology, the visual arts, and dance. The novel has been used to show how science has been culturally framed, even serving as a warning against GM crops with the label “Frankenfood.” Mary Shelley’s creation has been a watershed in the domains of science fiction and Gothic literature, by innovating new departures in genre and bridging canonical and popular fiction. Countless writers and film-makers from Thomas Edison in the silent movie era through to Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein (2015) starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, have been inspired by this literary experiment as well as artists of all stripes, including Liam Scarlett’s new choreography of Frankenstein for Britain’s Royal Ballet (2016). The secret of animating the inanimate contained within the pages of the novel brings together the arts, science, and the supernatural. The abandoned monster has been seen as an allegory for parental neglect, death anxiety, and an embodiment of Otherness whether it be that of race or disability. The perennial interest in Frankenstein is reinforced by a plethora of interpretations from creation myths and obstetrics to automata, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Through its Promethean quest, the novel represents the clash between the reactionary and the progressive. Frankenstein will live on in this volume, which will encompass an international perspective and reassess the impact of the novel for its twenty-first century readership in a collection of essays by an international group of scholars. It will be published in Palgrave Macmillan’s Studies in Global Science Fiction series, edited by Anindita Bannerjee, Mark Bould, and Rachel Haywood Ferreira, a study devoted to developing a more diverse, multinational and multi-ethnic sense of sf’s past, present and future.

Proposals for papers are invited that reflect on Mary Shelley’s novel and its bicentenary. These might include, but are not limited to:

Contemporary influences
Poetry about Frankenstein
Theatrical adaptation
Film adaptation
Digital media
Visual culture
Science and technology
Literary adaptation
Graphic novels and comics
Automata and robotics
Popular culture

Proposals: 250 word abstracts by 1 July 2016

Proposals should be emailed to Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, and Professor Carol Margaret Davison,

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