Monday, October 22, 2007

It’s that time of year

It happens every year at this time . . . new and unusual interpretations of the monster's tale find their way to stages across the country. Here‘s my candidate for most interesting this year: Frankenstein Incarnate, a production gracing the late October evenings in St. Paul, part of the feminist theatrical offering that calls itself “Theatre Unbound.” Online publicity promises that the play will show how “the life of novelist Mary Shelley overlaps and intertwines with the story that made her famous, illuminating the creator and creature within us all.” Sounds like the kind of song we like to sing.


Hope said...

Dear Dr. Hitchcock,
I attended the wonderful reading you gave at Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington last Sunday; it slipped my mind that afternoon, but there is a good book by Julia Douthwaite, entitled "The Wild Girl, Natural Man and the Monster: Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment," (U. of Chicago Press, 2002) that I thought might be of interest to you. She incorporates Shelley, alongside other philosophers and writers of the era in discussing scientific advancements and their effect on concepts of humanity, morality, education, etc. I read it for a graduate seminar in history at UNC-Chapel Hill and liked it very much.

Susan Tyler Hitchcock said...

Thanks so much for your comment and for sharing this book, which I have never heard of. Love the title and the concept -- and I will look for it. So nice to have met you in Wilmington. I hope you enjoy my book, too.