International Women’s Day 2017: My talk on Mary Shelley

By annamercer90

Today I am sharing my talk from earlier this year: an introduction to Mary Shelley. Enjoy! (Apologies for the referencing being less robust than I’d usually endeavour to carry out – if you have questions you can always get in touch with me on Twitter, or send an email).

Beyond Frankenstein: the writings of Mary Shelley

A talk for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, Humanities Research Centre, University of York

My aim with this talk is to give a run-through of the author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, her life, and her writings. If I can do anything today I hope I can encourage some of you to go and read another MWS novel that isn’t about a reanimated corpse! I’d also like to focus on the fact that it is Frankenstein‘s birthday in the years 2016-2017. Exactly 200 years ago MWS was writing her masterpiece, to be published on the 1st January 1818.

Some of the things I will discuss in this talk are as follows:

    • What was MWS doing 200 years ago?
    • Portraits of MWS
    • Her literary family
    • Brief timeline of her life and works, emphasising her complex and varied life after Frankenstein was published.
    • Spotlight on Valperga: her second novel to be published in 1823
    • The …read more