Opening Reception - October 12, 2018

Enjoy dramatic readings from Frankenstein, casual conversation and refreshments at The Bean Community Coffeehouse from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Bean is located at 6 W. Main Street in downtown Vermillion.

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 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in MUC Ballroom C. 

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.

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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 in 15 minutes or less. Abstracts or completed papers must be emailed by August 1, 2018 to or

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

Frankenstein 1818-2018



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