Event: Frankenstein: Adaptations & Inspirations in Popular Culture
About this Event
Join us for a panel discussion with faculty from various departments at the University of North Texas sharing their thoughts on Frankenstein in popular culture!
The event will include short presentations and a Q&A session afterward. There will also be a display of Frankenstein texts and other items from the UNT Special Collections and Graphic Novel collection.
Monday, October 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
Willis Library, Room 250H
This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Nora Gilbert, Department of English, “Revision as Adaptation: Frankenstein 1818 vs. Frankenstein 1831”
- Nora Gilbert is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Editor of Studies in the Novel. She co-specializes in Victorian literature and classical Hollywood film. Her current book project looks at 18th and 19th century British fiction.
Dr. Harry M. Benshoff, Department of Media Arts, “Female Doctors and Male Monsters in Postwar Frankenstein Films”
- Harry Benshoff is a Professor in the Department of Media Arts, specializing in film history & theory, horror cinema, queer theory, and multiculturalism. He teaches a wide variety of film studies classes and has authored numerous books on film studies, including Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film (1997) and A Companion to the Horror Film (2014).
Dr. Spencer Keralis, Department of English, “‘Seeing the Animal: Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Births”
- Spencer D. C. Keralis is an Adjunct Instructor in English at the University of North Texas, and Executive Director of Digital Frontiers, the largest and longest-running digital humanities conference in the Southwest U.S. His scholarship on 19th century American children’s literature has appeared in Book History and American Periodicals. He holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University.
Dr. Samantha Langsdale, Department of Philosophy & Religion, “Postmortem or Posthuman?: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”
- Sam Langsdale is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy & Religion at UNT. Her primary areas of expertise include feminist philosophy, cultural studies, and contemporary critical theory. She is currently co-editing Monstrous Women in Comics, a volume that will be published with the University Press of Mississippi. She is also the principal organizer for the upcoming conference “Realizing Resistance: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Star Wars, Episodes VII, VIII & IX,” to be held May 2–4, 2019.
Dr. John Edward Martin, University Libraries, “Graphic Creatures: Frankenstein in comics & graphic novels”
- John Martin is a Scholarly Communication Librarian at the UNT Libraries, and a subject librarian for the departments of Psychology, English, Communication Studies, and Technical Communication. He also holds a doctorate in American literature, with specializations in early American literature, Romanticism, gothic & horror fiction, and religion & literature. His current scholarly work includes a book chapter on Poe and women in comics, and upcoming conference presentations on horror comics & film.
This event is part of the Frankenweek series of events, put on by UNT Special Collections in collaboration with UNT Comics Studies and UNT Media Library, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.