2014 Common Literature Experience
Frankenstein, the 1818 edition by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Frankenstein, a classic work of science fiction, often brings to mind Boris Karloff’s character in the 1931 film, or the green-tinged monster masks worn for Halloween. The book, however, always surprises those who think they know the story. It is a thought-provoking tale that examines education, knowledge, society, and, ultimately, what it means to be human.
“Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation, genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.” -www.goodreads.com
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 9:30 a.m.
Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center - Utah State Campus
Broadcast simultaneously at http://aggiecast.usu.edu.
The public is welcome to join first-year students in attending the Common Literature Convocation and listening to Dr. Brian McCuskey of the USU English department and Dr. Charlie Huenemann of the USU Philosophy department. This year's convocation will also be broadcast live at http://aggiecast.usu.edu.
- Spark notes summary video of Frankenstein
- Who is Prometheus?
- Videos featuring Dr. McCuskey and Dr. Huenemann for the student Canvas course
- Mary Shelley
- Science and Mortality
- Differences between the 1931 movie and the 1818 text: clip 1
- Differences between the 1931 movie and the 1818 text: clip 2
- Differences between the 1931 movie and the 1818 text: clip 3
- Differences between the 1931 movie and the 1818 text: clip 4
- Differences between the 1931 movie and the 1818 text: clip 5
- Teaching ideas for instructors
If you are a student in the 2014 University Connections class, the literature assignment can be found here.