Mary Shelley

From Iron Man Back to Trashman: Exploring the Science Fiction and Gothic History of Comics and Graphic Novels Thumbnail

From Iron Man Back to Trashman: Exploring the Science Fiction and Gothic History of Comics and Graphic Novels

Posted by Stuart Lindsay on June 21, 2018 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  Keith A. Spencer writes: ‘In both neoliberalism and superhero movies, politics and big political decisions happen because the elite (politicians or superpeople or supervillains) make them happen. Society is ruled over by benevolent philosopher-kings (plutocrats or superheroes both) who watch over us and aid only when needed’.¹ He furthers this conflation of individualism and neoliberalism in the superhero movie by claiming that ‘there will never be a superhero who originates from a robust democracy or an anarchist commune, because those societies don’t create individual

_Frankenstein_ (1931) at the Bo’ness Hippodrome, Saturday October 15th Thumbnail

_Frankenstein_ (1931) at the Bo’ness Hippodrome, Saturday October 15th

Posted by Matt Foley on October 19, 2016 in Blog tagged with , , , , ,

It was a great pleasure to introduce James Whale's Frankenstein at the Bo'ness Hippodrome on Saturday 15th October as part of their Universal Monsters series, which is running in the weeks up to Halloween, and which is curated by Falkirk Community Trust's Arts Development Officer Alison Strauss. The Hippodrome is a wonderful cinema. It was restored only seven years ago to all its 1910's glory. Full of character, it's an intimate venue in which to watch both golden oldies and current blockbusters -- a building and a meeting place that the people of Bo'ness can be very proud of. A parti

William Godwin: the Irrational, the Dark and the Weird Thumbnail

William Godwin: the Irrational, the Dark and the Weird

Posted by Richard Gough Thomas on September 05, 2014 in Guest Blog, Richard Gough Thomas tagged with ,

William Godwin is frequently a name mentioned in passing by Gothic scholars, usually as a way to place some context on the life of Mary Shelley. Similarly, it’s not unusual to see Romanticists make passing reference to the ‘Gothic elements’ or ‘Gothic style’ of Godwin’s fiction. There’s value in either kind of statement, but Godwin’s relevance to the Gothic fiction of the early 1800s is under-interrogated. Within the field of Godwin scholarship itself, attention has mainly focused on the author’s politics and on his relationships with other writers – Wollstonecraft, Cole

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Review Thumbnail

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Review

Posted by Laura Kremmel on October 17, 2013 in Reviews tagged with , ,

Montillo, Roseanne. The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece. New York: William Morrow, 2013. Mary Shelley was, of course, no stranger to death and its effects on the body. From a love affair begun beneath the shadow of her mother’s grave, to a husband who idolized suicide, and a friend who was the youngest physician to graduate from Edinburgh, she was a fitting cornerstone of one of the most infamous circles in English Literature. Her well-loved product of the Shelley circle’s ghost story contest,

Review of A Treacherous Likeness Thumbnail

Review of A Treacherous Likeness

Posted by jillwilson on May 03, 2013 in Blog, Jill Wilson, Reviews tagged with ,

Review: Lynn Shepherd's A Treacherous Likeness (Corsair, 2013) *Some Spoilers* Few can dispute the fascinating and mysterious nature of the lives of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley. Lynn Shepherd's new novel, A Treacherous Likeness is a wonderfully Gothic and thrilling attempt to understand the silences and gaps surrounding the Shelleys that history fails to provide for. Her third novel, following her style of historical detective fiction, delves even deeper into the realms of both biographical truth and literary license, as Shepherd re-imagines and exposes some of the secrets that h

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The Gothic and the Classic

Posted by Rarignac on May 17, 2012 in Guest Blog, Noel Montague-Etienne Rarignac tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Blessed Bay of Eleusis and the destination of the Sacred Way, Iera Odos (© Rarignac). Bordeaux, l’Aube, La Fête de l’Ascension, 2012 The Gothic and the Classic: The Road to Eleusis Arlanda, undoubtedly an admirably efficient airport, was overly full of unboarded passengers the day I set out from Stockholm to Eleusis via Milan.  Corralled by retractable belt barriers into an intestinally-inspired queue, I found myself squeezed into a knotted lump of technology-burdened passengers consisting of myself, ‘The Bad Seeds’, their companions, tour manager, and Nick Cave.  Amidst voyaging Swedes and assorted business persons, our little bolus of the indigestible seemed conspicuously tribal.  As we stood there awaiting processing, paperwork in hand, technology piled at our feet, I explained my mission to the manager.  With his concord, I sought out Cave’s: I wanted to interview them on the subject of Gothicity.  The carefully-groomed, authoritarian Mr. Cave was pleasant enough but refused to make any on-camera pronouncements on the subject of ‘Gothic’ or ‘goths’, seeming to view it, no doubt rightly, as a radioactive topic that could only get him into trouble.  Once he had declared Gothicity an out of bounds subject, none of his vassals would broach it, including those that already had.  Cave wished me success with the project and I contented myself with sharing travellers’ bonhomie.  So much for the business of the Gothic.  Arriving at Milan where Cave was to play, we wished ourselves mutual good luck and good-byes. Fellow traveller on my Gothic quest. (more…)

Mary Shelley at the Theatre: May 2012 Thumbnail

Mary Shelley at the Theatre: May 2012

Posted by Dale Townshend on December 19, 2011 in News tagged with ,

In May 2012, Mary Shelley, a play about the life and works of the author of Frankenstein, will debut at the Playhouse Theatre in Liverpool.  The piece is directed by award-winning Director Polly Teale, and is a co-production of the Nottingham Playhouse, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and the Shared Experience team.  See the website here for further details: it's bound to be a run-away success.

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Frankenstein’s Ghosts

Posted by Marie Mulvey-Roberts on April 18, 2011 in Dr. Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Guest Blog tagged with , , , , , , ,

There has been a Frankenstein furore lately. On the on-line BBC News Magazine, appears an article by Thomas Geoghegan, “Frankenstein: 10 possible meanings”. One could add noughts to that....

The Creature’s Speech: Never mind Colin Firth, Frankenstein’s Creature finally finds his voice at The National Thumbnail

The Creature’s Speech: Never mind Colin Firth, Frankenstein’s Creature finally finds his voice at The National

Posted by Sharon Deans on February 25, 2011 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , , , , , ,

‘I will not torture you.  I will reason with you.  Isn’t that what we do?  Have a dialogue?’ So says the Creature to an astounded and fearful Victor in playwright Nick Dear’s stunning, conceptual adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein currently playing at the National Theatre in London.  And what a dialogue it is, with the two protagonists duelling and debating throughout.  Nick Dear’s intention with this piece was to give the Creature his voice back: although Mary Shelley had given him a voice, most adaptations have not, and so the play opens from the Creature’s point of view.  The play then balances this focus on the Creature with his obsession with his creator, and this, say Nick Dear and director Danny Boyle, is why they came up with the idea of double casting their actors and making the parts equal. But we gothicists know better: the cross casting also serves to emphasise the notion that the Creature is, in fact, Victor’s double.  Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternate the roles of Victor and the Creature nightly.  This really is one of the ‘hottest tickets in town’, and I was lucky enough to see it in preview last week; and, since it is the first thing anyone asks me, I will tell you that a naked Jonny Lee Miller was ‘my’ Creature, and a frock-coated, high-cheekboned Cumberbatch was ‘my’ Victor (reader, I was in seventh heaven with both!) The audience is not allowed to enter the theatre until ten minutes before the play begins, and it is a highly atmospheric entrance.  The lighting is dark, dim, and a womb-like red; a large bell tolls; an electronic pulse/heartbeat sounds; an odd looking pod or pupa revolves slowly around the stage, and we can see the silhouette of a figure twitching within.  Slowly a figure begins to emerge, and eventually a naked, stitched-together Creature breaks free and ‘births’ onto the stage, accompanied by a crackling electronics and pounding bass soundtrack.  What follows is an astounding piece of physical theatre as the inarticulate Creature, alone on the stage for around fifteen minutes, slowly becomes accustomed to the world around him.  He crawls, sprawls and stutters, and we are reminded of the birth of a foal or a calf; it is both scary and compelling - and oddly tender.  This ‘birth’ of an adult is not natural, however, and he struggles with horrible spasms and tremors before he can gain his

Frankenstein’s Wedding – Live in Leeds Thumbnail

Frankenstein’s Wedding – Live in Leeds

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 15, 2011 in News tagged with , ,

Frankenstein hits the news again. BBC Three's re-imagining of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a live TV event with drama, music and dance, is to be broadcast 19 March 2011 from Kirkstall Abbey.