April 3, 2018, 3-4:15pm – Trial of Victor Frankenstein or Creature organized by SJSU English 10 Students, Clark Hall, Room 111 – open to the public
Who is responsible for all of the murders in this novel? Is it Victor Frankenstein who created this creature but neglected his duties as its creator? or is it the creature who ostensibly murdered his way through the novel in order to enact revenge on his creator? Come participate as the jury as the prosecutor and defense teams argue about the qualifications of madness and either defendant’s mental competence to stand trial (according to early 19th-century standards of madness
April 6, 2018 – Frankenstein Student Film Festival – open to SJSU Students & Faculty
April 10, 2018, 3-4:15pm – Ethics Debate of the concept of creature vs. monster organized by SJSU English 10 Students, Clark Hall, Room 111 – open to the public
Have you read the latest kerfuffle over on Reddit and Twitter criticizing students who emphathize with the creature (even though it murders several people to enact revent upon Victor Frankenstein)? “Snowflake students claim Frankenstein’s monster was ‘misunderstood.'” Come help us debate this dilemma — is it a “creature” or a “monster”?
Two episodes of the 2015 Netflix series “Frankenstein Chronicles” (2015)
April 19, 2018 – Romantic Circles Pedagogies Spring Reading Group will discuss Mary Shelley’s “The Mortal Immortal” on Thursday, April 19th at 4pm ET via Zoom. RSVP here https://goo.gl/forms/FY35S1kW86mrH6Wk1. You can find an excellent online edition of the work here. We hope you will join us. Many can attest that our first meeting was lively, great fun, and participants learned a lot from each other. Encore!
Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”
“Deep Humanities,” One-Day Symposium, Organized by Dr. Revathi Krishnaswamy, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University
May 1, 2018, 10-4pm, Room 225, King Library, San Jose State University — More Information on panelists, student posters & getting to SJSU
“Lunchtime Lecture: Gothic Monsters and Evil Houses,” Dr. Katherine D. Harris, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University
As in many of the works in the exhibition The House Imaginary, the house is a central motif in Gothic novels. It is often a place with memories and secrets rather than a safe haven. Katherine D. Harris will trace this theme from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), which introduced a dangerous and soulless monster into the genre’s decrepit and decaying castles, on through twentieth-century novels such as Stephen King’s The Shining or Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves, in which evil exists not within the individual but instead within a seemingly benign space that ultimately amplifies its inhabitants’ propensity toward evil. Lunchtime Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of each month in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center. Visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages.
In the Works for Fall 2018 – Stay Tuned for Details
|Fall 2018||Special Collections Exhibits with SJSU, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University|
|9/18/18||1-3pm||Panel with Pres Mary Papazian (on Paradise Lost), Anand Vaidya (“What’s In Your Head? – the Moral Zombie”), Adrienne Eastwood (“Queering the Monster”)|
|10/3/18||7-10pm||Encore of the National Theatre Live Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller|
|10/5/18||7-10pm||Encore of the National Theatre Live Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller|
|10/18/18||7pm||An Evening of Film + Q&A Panel, Dept of Theater & Film|
|10/23-27/18||tbd||HK Gruber’s “Frankenstein!” for vocalist & chamber orchestra (10/25, 26, 27)|
|10/25/18||tbd||Post-Production panel following Gruber’s “Frankenstein!”|
|10/27/18||tbd||Buddy Bulter, radio play of Frankenstein live (probably out of the University Theater)|
|10/31/18||All day||Frankenreads, all-day reading of Frankenstein at Santa Clara University|
|11/xx/18||tbd||Continuing the Deep Humanities conversation|