‘On This Day in 1816’: The Bicentenary of Frankenstein’s Composition

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Date(s) - 14 July - 23 July
7:00 pm

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There will be two events in July 2016 to celebrate the bicentenary of the composition of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The same event will be held in two locations: the Keats-Shelley House, Rome, and the King’s Manor, University of York. These evening events will include readings of the work of Mary Shelley and her husband and collaborator, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and short academic talks by Dr. David Higgins (University of Leeds) and Anna Mercer (University of York). The events take place almost exactly 200 years after Mary began writing what is now the most famous novel of the Romantic period in July 1816.

Both events will be open to the public and tickets are available online. Tickets for Rome are €10, and tickets for York are free (but attendees must reserve a place). Both events will be followed by a wine reception.

This project is sponsored by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and the FR Leavis Fund at York, BARS, BSECS and the Keats-Shelley House. Discussions are ongoing with regards to repeating the event once more at the end of the year at Chawton House Library in Hampshire; details of this are to be confirmed.

Date and place:

19.00, 14 July 2016 at the King’s Manor, University of York, UK.

18.30, 23 July 2016 at the Keats-Shelley House, Rome, Italy.

Website:  https://frankenstein1816.wordpress.com

See also (for tickets)

(1) CECS York event, here: https://www.york.ac.uk/eighteenth-century-studies/events/frankensteinevent/

(2) Keats Shelley House event, here: http://www.keats-shelley-house.org/en/events/‘on-this-day-in-1816’-the-bicentenary-of-the-composition-of-mary-shelley’s-frankenstein-saturday-23rd-july-2016.html

Event organisers:

Anna Mercer, University of York (speaker and main organiser) David Higgins, University of Leeds (speaker and co-organiser) Lucy Hodgetts and Duncan Robertson, University of York (readers and co-organisers)

Contact:  Anna Mercer (PhD candidate, University of York) anna.mercer@york.ac.uk Twitter: @annamercer_