Frankenread (Oct. 30-31)

Published: October 28th, 2018

Category: News

Join us for campus-wide events celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s enduring science fiction masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or the New Prometheus is widely considered the first true science fiction novel. It remains a landmark of imaginative literature whose influence is felt throughout modern fiction, film, and popular culture. In celebration of the novel’s 200th anniversary, UF’s George A. Smathers Libraries, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, and Science Fiction Working Group are sponsoring entertaining and engaging events, including…



October 29–30, 11 AM–1 PM, Library West Colonnade

The operating game where you dissect the monster – ! –  to win clues to a crossword puzzle of Frankenstein-related trivia. Come, solve the puzzle if you dare… But don’t touch the edges of your incisions, or the monster’s eye will turn red with rage, a buzzer will sound, and you’ll be kicked out of the operating theater. Created by Stephanie Birch.


The Bride of Frankenstein

October 30, 6 PM, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

James Whale’s 1935 film The Bride of Frankenstein stars Boris Karloff (as the Monster), Elsa Lanchester (as the Bride), and Colin Clive (as Dr. Frankenstein). It is widely considered the greatest film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel. The film will be introduced by guest speaker Dr. Lester Friedman, film scholar, bioethicist, and author of Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives (2016). Sponsored by the Harn Museum of Art, the Health Science Center Libraries, the UF Honors Program, and Creative Campus/Catalyst Fund.



October 31, 9 AM–7 PM, Library West, Plaza of the Americas

A live, all-day reading of Frankenstein. A team of more than thirty UF administrators, faculty, students, and Gainesville community leaders will take turns reading the entire 1818 novel from its first to last page. Sponsored by the Science Fiction Working Group and the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida.

UF Frankenread is one of hundreds of public readings of the novel taking place around the globe on October 31, organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


“Creature Feature: The Universal & Hammer Frankenstein Films”

October 31, 12–1 PM, Smathers Room 100 (Smathers Library East)

Dr. Lester Friedman will give a talk entitled “Creature Feature: The Universal and Hammer Frankenstein Films.” Co-sponsored by the UF Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Creative Campus/Catalyst Fund, and the Health Science Centers Libraries.

Dr. Friedman is the author of Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives. He has taught cinema studies at Syracuse, Northwestern, and American Universities, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Spertus Institute. He taught health humanities and bioethics at Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse) and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.


Frankenstein: Scientific Inspiration & Outcomes”

Through November 25th, Marston Science Library, 3rd Floor

A book exhibit on the scientific background of Frankenstein, curated by Dr. Sara Russell Gonzalez.

All Frankenread events are free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

Frankenread is sponsored by the UF George A. Smathers Libraries, Center for Humanities & the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Catalyst Fund/Creative Campus, Samuel P. Harn Museum of ArtDepartment of English, and the Science Fiction Working Group. For more information contact Terry Harpold or Jeanne Ewert.


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