NENC May Meeting

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By NENC The next meeting of NENC will be held on Wednesday 7th May, at 5pm in the Seminar Room of the IAS on Palace Green (Institute of Advanced Studies – map can be found here

This month we look forward to welcoming Northumbria University’s Sarah Winter, who will be giving the intriguingly titled paper: ‘Melodramatic Monster Villains in Early-Nineteenth-Century Theatre’ (abstract below). This will be followed by discussion, and drinks and refreshments at the pub afterwards.

All are welcome and we hope to see many of you there for what promises to be a lively and engaging talk!

‘Melodramatic Monster Villains in Early-Nineteenth-Century Theatre’
Sarah Winter, Northumbria University

‘It lives! I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open, it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs’.

Richard Brinsley Peake, Presumption; or, The Fate of Frankenstein(1823)

The famous phrase ‘It Lives!’, probably more widely-known in the present day as ‘It’s Alive!’, carries instant connotations of Victor Frankenstein’s experimental overreaching in Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus(1818). The exclamation is mostly associated with black-and-white film adaptations; yet it emerged much earlier than the twentieth century, as the dramatic saying originated on the early-nineteenth-century stage, when the story …read more