What you create can destroy you. One freezing morning, a lone man wandering across the artic ice caps is rescued from starvation by a ship’s captain. Victor Frankenstein’s story is one of ambition, murder and revenge... The first Cardiff BookTalk event took place on Thursday 17th November 2011.
As a young scientist, Frankenstein pushed moral boundaries in order to cross the final scientific frontier and create life. But his creation is a monster stitched together from grave-robbed body parts who has no place in the world, and his life can only lead to tragedy. Written when she was only nineteen, Shelley's gothic tale is one of the greatest horror stories ever written.
The first Cardiff BookTalk explored themes of the passivity of women, tissue engineering, gothic images of the laboratory, and weird science. Our speakers included:
Dr. Anthony Mandal, School of English Communication and Philosophy, discussed ways of interpreting the Shelley's use of the gothic offers a revealing negotiation with the cultural contexts of her time, particularly with regard to gender politics and the meaning of identity.
Dr Keir Waddington, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, examined the descriptions of Frankenstein's laboratory, and discuss how gothic ideas of the laboratory influenced public understanding of science at the time.
Prof. Phil Stephens, School of Dentistry, explored whether modern research in tissue engineering/stem cells is the 21st Century equivalent of Frankenstein's experiment.
Following the talks, there was a lively discussion with a number of interesting topics discussed by the panel and audience members.
Venue: Cardiff University - Humanities 2.01
Date: Thursday 17th November 2011
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Frankenstein in the Gothic Laboratory Dr Keir Waddington, Cardiff University School of History, Archaeology & Religion Our image of Victor Franken
Knowledge & Gender in Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'
Dr Anthony Mandal, Cardiff University School of English, Communication and Philosophy