Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her 'Hideous Progeny’

Litquake is pleased to announce its first collaboration with the world-renowned San Francisco Ballet, Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her "Hideous Progeny,” featuring Shelley scholar and professor Ellen Peel from the Comparative and World Literature Department at San Francisco State University. Reflecting on the origins of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote that she was often asked "how I, then a young girl, came to think of... so very hideous an idea.” Peel will attempt to answer that question by looking at cultural and scientific forces in Shelley's day, and by considering her early life—which itself could be a Gothic tale. Peel will also explore why the novel has managed to play so powerfully on our wishes and fears for two centuries, becoming a myth continually reborn in new avatars, now including a ballet.

Ellen Peel is a professor in the Department of Comparative and World Literature and the Department of English at San Francisco State University.  Her fields include speculative fiction, the novel, and feminist and narrative theory.  She is working on a book about Frankenstein and other accounts of "constructed bodies.” 


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