Course: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (January)

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Date / Time

  • January 7, 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • January 14, 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • January 21, 2018
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • January 28, 2018
    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 by Mary Shelley

Two hundred years ago, in January 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein ushered in a new age of monsters in the 19th Century, a time when scientific and technological advancement had seemed to sweep away the supernatural terrors of the folkloric past.  Shelley created a new kind of monster.  Her creature was the first sympathetic monster, a doomed being who commits horrific acts, yet pleads for justice and love from his creator.  In this course, we’ll learn about the birth of Shelley’s book and read other texts of the Romantic Age that also grapple with the same scientific, theological, and aesthetic issues as her novel.  We’ll also look at the development of the Frankenstein myth over the last two centuries.


Syllabus – Frankenstein taught by Edward Pettit

About the Instructor

Before coming to the Rosenbach, Edward G. Pettit taught literature and writing at La Salle University for ten years, including many courses on monsters and horror literature  He has taught several courses for the Rosenbach on 19th Century authors, including Edgar Allan Poe, George Lippard, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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