Course: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (October-November)

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Date / Time

  • October 22, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • October 29, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • November 5, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • November 12, 2017
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


  • Tuition for this reading group is $200
  • Registration will open to Delancey Society members on August 22, to members on August 29, and to the public on September 5.
  • Rosenbach members at the Contributor level and above will receive a 10% discount on tuition.
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Frankenstein Syllabus


Frankenstein’s Secrets: The Science, The Scandals, The Monster

About 200 years ago, a runaway teenager awoke from a nightmare. Encouraged by her lover – a man married to another woman – she wrote down her dream, and in the process created a story that continues to haunt us today. In these 4 class sessions we will explore the secret history of Frankenstein, learning about the sexual politics and scientific controversies that animated Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. We will also explore Frankenstein’s longevity, identifying where and how this Gothic tale has shaped our culture.

Recommended edition: Frankenstein: The 1818 Text. Ed. Butler, Oxford University Press.

  • Session 1: Gender and Sexuality
  • Session 2: Scientific Monsters
  • Session 3: Empire and its Others
  • Session 4: Frankenstein’s Monsters

About the Instructor

Siobhan Carroll is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware, where she teaches courses on 19th Century literature and science fiction. Her first book, An Empire of Air and Water: Uncolonizable Space in the British Imagination, was shortlisted for the BARS book prize in Romanticism. Her essay on Frankenstein and climate change was included in the 2015 Bedford Case Study on Frankenstein as one of the most important pieces of Shelley criticism from the new millennium.