Music for Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” (1818) is one of the most influential artistic creations of the last two centuries. On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Washington University Symphony Orchestra will present three world premiere student compositions, inspired by Shelley’s book, in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall.

The monster who will not leave us

Nearly 200 years after the publication of “Frankenstein” in 1818, we still employ Mary Shelley’s dream vision to interpret and explain our world today — but why? Perhaps because the troubling dialectic between Creator and Monster reflects some basic anxiety that has still not been resolved. Henry Schvey writes an essay in advance of the Oct. 13 conference “Frankenstein at 200” in Umrath Hall on the Danforth Campus.

‘Frankenstein’ for the Assembly Series

On Sept. 7, the Assembly Series’ first fall program welcomed British playwright Nick Dear Nick Dear, author of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s 2011 production of “Frankenstein” to Graham Chapel. See photos of the event here.
Nick Dear photo

Assembly Series announces its fall 2017 program schedule

The Assembly Series, Washington University in St. Louis’ signature lecture series, will open its fall program Sept. 7 with an event that kick-starts a universitywide, yearlong initiative to inhabit the rich and complex world of the 200-year-old story of “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.”

Who is the real monster?

As it approaches the 200th anniversary of publication, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” remains a cultural touchstone and a powerful metaphor for the dangers of science unchecked by social responsibility. See what Corinna Treitel, associate professor of history in Arts & Sciences, has to say about “Frankenstein’s” continued power to challenge and inform.