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Luigi Galvani, animal electricity and the creation of Frankenstein

Would Mary Shelley have conceived of Frankenstein without the work of Italian scientist Luigi Galvani? Looking back at its creation, she recalled long conversations with Lord Byron and her husband about Galvani’s ideas. “Perhaps a corpse would be...
From: Mathew Lyons on 25 Nov 2021

Mary Shelley’s “The Last Man” (1826): An Abridged Version

The visionary writer Mary Shelley has a justifiable claim to have invented the genre of science fiction, notably with the publication of her novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). Frankenstein was not her only novel, however, and Shelley...

“Our Habitation Becomes a Paradise”: Dreaming about Health in the Anthropocene

Before the species-ending plague, the characters in Mary Shelley’s novel The Last Man (1826) dream of a world without disease.  Early in the first volume, Adrian—only son of England’s final reigning monarch—argues that, here...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 12 Mar 2019

Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein

When I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw—with...
From: CRECS// on 10 Oct 2018

Jane Austen Summer Program Presents “Northanger Abbey and Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror”

This summer more than 100 people, from readers to writers to scholars, will gather at the sixth-annual Jane Austen Summer Program to celebrate the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  Attendees...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 28 Feb 2018

Post-Apocalyptic Bandits: Mary Shelley’s “The Last Man” (1826)

I am the native of a sea-surrounded nook, a cloud-enshadowed land, which, when the surface of the globe, with its shoreless ocean and trackless continents, presents itself to my mind, appears only as an inconsiderable speck in the immense whole. [i] The...

Film screening, 30 June 2016: Frankenstein (1931)

When I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw—with...
From: CRECS// on 7 Jun 2016

Report on ‘Shadows and Sandmen: Or, Things that Go CRECS in the Night’, 26 Oct 2015

All was silent in the Arts and Social Studies Library … until this year’s first CRECS event, ‘Shadows & Sandmen: Things that go CRECS in the night’, brought Gothic Romanticism into the, thankfully brightly lit, room. Keith...
From: CRECS// on 3 Nov 2015

Our first 2015/16 event—Shadows and Sandmen—is on tomorrow!

Filed under: Events Tagged: art, ETA Hoffmann, fiction, Germany, ghost stories, gothic, literature, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mary Shelley, maternity, music, nineteenth century, performance, Romanticism
From: CRECS// on 25 Oct 2015

First event—Shadows and Sandmen: Or, Things that Go CRECS in the Night, 26 Oct 2015

Our first CRECS event will celebrate Halloween week in spooktacular style. We’ll be kicking the 2015/16 programme off with an exploration of the nineteenth-century gothic literature and music. The Romantic period saw the emergence of the first...
From: CRECS// on 15 Oct 2015

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

‘Increase of knowledge only discovered to me more clearly what a wretched outcast I was.  I cherished hope, it is true; but it vanished, when I beheld my person reflected in water, or my shadow in the moonshine, even as that frail image and...

CRECS Autumn 2015 programme now available

We’re delighted to announce the new CRECS programme for the forthcoming session. Below, you’ll find details of the Autumn 2015 session: the Spring 2016 session will follow in due course. All events take places in Cardiff University’s Special...
From: CRECS// on 9 Oct 2015

And here is another batch of authors from the very long 18th...

And here is another batch of authors from the very long 18th century: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Mme de Genlis, Sophie Cottin, Samuel Richardson, William Godwin, Michael de Cervantes Saavedra In random TUMBLR order. Sigh.

A Post-Summer Solstice Round-Up of Blog Posts

This post does not fall within the strictest definition of “recipes”, but since it was just the summer solstice, the best time of year for magic and pagan celebrations, it seemed like an appropriate time and opportunity to offer a … Continue...
From: The Recipes Project on 9 Jul 2013

“The True Key of the Universe Is Love”

In Andrew Cayton's new book on Mary Wollstonecraft's circle, imagining new personal relationships lies at the heart of 1790s transatlantic radicalism.
From: The Junto on 20 Jun 2013

Investigating the ‘Real Frankenstein Potential’ of Johann Conrad Dippel, Pt. 1

This is Dippel’s portrait, though most early biographers felt the need to add that it didn’t actually resemble him very much. A short while ago, I was in touch with a TV company shooting an infotainment series on mysterious manors. They were...

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