Tuesday 27th March 2018
Venue: Chawton House
6.30pm drinks reception for 7pm talk.
Tickets will also entitle you to entry to our exhibition, ‘The Art of Freezing the Blood’ between 5-6.30pm.
Mary Shelley: Reader & Creator of Gothic
Professor Angela Wright (University of Sheffield)
In his recent speech to accept his award at the BAFTAS, director of The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro paid specific tribute to Mary Shelley for giving ‘voice to the voiceless, and presence to the invisible’. This talk will examine Mary Shelley’s apprenticeship in ‘giving voice to the voiceless’ by looking at her own enthusiastic reading of her Gothic predecessors Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis in the years immediately preceding the creation of her own first novel. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus has been critically lauded for its radical revision of the Gothic in 1818 thanks to its very unique Promethean creation of monstrosity. But this talk will consider the affinities between Mary Shelley and earlier Gothic authors. Concentrating first and foremost upon Frankenstein, Angela Wright also illustrates how Mary Shelley’s engagement with the Gothic extended to a life-long fascination that spanned her considerable authorial career.
Angela Wright is Professor of Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield. She has published several books on Gothic and Romantic literature, including Britain, France and the Gothic: The Import of Terror (Cambridge UP, 2013), Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic (Cambridge UP, 2014; co-edited with Dale Townshend), and, most recently, Mary Shelley (Univ. of Wales Press, 2018), which reappraises the significance of Frankenstein alongside other works by Shelley, exploring how Shelley deployed and revised the Gothic across her work. A limited number of signed copies of Mary Shelley will be available after the talk.
Tickets: £12; Students/Friends £9
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