October 13, 2018

Join us for a one-day undergraduate literature conference that allows students to present their critical research in a supportive academic environment.

The Frankenstein Bicentennial Undergraduate Conference is part of Frankenreads, an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

Critical Papers

We invite you to submit critical papers on the subjects of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, relevant contexts or contemporary adaptations. Papers may take any theoretical approach to its chosen texts and contexts. While only an abstract is required for consideration, please make sure you can present your completed paper less than 15 minutes. Abstracts or completed papers must be emailed by August 1, 2018 to LisaAnn.Robertson@usd.edu or Benjamin.Hagen@usd.edu.

Potential topics include:

  • Frankenstein and genre - horror, fantasy, science fiction, romance, young adult fiction, graphic novels, animation
  • Mary Shelley in context
  • Frankenstein, science and technology
  • Frankenstein, romanticism and literary history
  • Frankenstein and philosophy, education, religion, ethics, politics
  • Frankenstein and mythology
  • Frankenstein and literary/critical/cultural theory - psychoanalysis, feminism, queer studies, postcolonial studies, animal studies, etc.
  • The fate of Frankenstein: influence and adaptation - literature, film, television, etc.
  • Interdisciplinary Frankenstein - medical humanities, environmental humanities, digital humanities, humanities and engineering, biohumanities

Our Partners



Name Department & Office Contact
Benjamin Hagen
  • Assistant Professor
Dakota Hall 204
LisaAnn Robertson
  • Assistant Professor
Dakota Hall