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The Department of English held a two-day Frankenstein Bicentennial Undergraduate Conference that was part of Frankenreads, an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

Opening Reception - October 12, 2018

Students, faculty and community members enjoyed dramatic readings from Frankenstein, casual conversation and refreshments at The Bean Community Coffeehouse.

October 13, 2018

The undergraduate literature conference allowed students to present their critical research in a supportive academic environment.


Frankenstein and Monstrosity

Madison S. Green (U South Dakota), Mary Shelley’s Monster Metaphor in Frankenstein and its Relevance in Contemporary American Politics
Danielle R. Hintz (U South Dakota), Frankenstein: Man and Monster United
Katie Kooiman (Dordt College), From Prometheus to Zombies: The Cultural Phenomenon of the Living Dead,
Jamie D. Ripperda (U South Dakota), The Monster’s Message: What It Means to Be a Monster
Moderator: Chelsea Campbell

Frankenstein, Science and Technology

Tess Hemmila (Dordt College), The Dangers of Scientific Ambition in Frankenstein
Nicholas Dolan (U Iowa), Mad Humanists: Natural Philosophy, Naturphilosophie, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Jackie Friedland (San Jose SU), Feminization of Robotics: Personification and Objectification
Moderator: Justin Gray

Frankenstein and Gender Politics

Sarah Sturm (Montclair), Shelley’s Feminine Nexus in Frankenstein
Jennifer J. Nelson (U South Dakota), The Sacrificial Sex: An Analysis of Frankenstein's Female Characters
Jordan Biggerstaff (Augustana), Death Becomes Her: Autonomy and Appropriation in Frankenstein and Penny Dreadful
Moderator: Lindsay Stephens

Frankenstein, Ambition and Afterlife

Anneliese Hardman (Palm Beach Atlantic U), The Dangers of Ambition in Frankenstein Through the Lens of the Sublime and the Beautiful
Evan Dekens (Montclair), Aesthetic Transgressions in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Sasha C. McDowell (U South Dakota), The Frankenstein Myth: An Adaptation Analysis of Frankenstein and Ex Machina
Jacob Gerald Ring (U New Mexico), Frankenstein in Film: A Mise En Scène of Augmented Anxiety
Moderator: Sarah Meirose

Frankenstein, Identity and Difference

Mataiya N. Bebbington (U South Dakota), Humanizing the Monstrous: An Analysis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Ryan Fucs (U South Dakota), “I Have Been So Strangely Grafted:” Frankenstein and an Examination of Racial Identity
Hayley K. Bowen (Black Hills SU), The Endurance of Frankenstein: Why the Romantic Era Provided the Perfect Environment to Immortalize Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Moderator: Molly Cameron

Our Partners

Frankenstein 1818-2018



Name Department & Office Contact
Benjamin Hagen
  • Associate Professor
Dakota Hall 204
Lisa Ann Robertson
  • Coordinator, Grad Program / Associate Professor
Dakota Hall 207