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Frankenstein Events

Musselman Library invites you to visit the exhibit and attend these related events. All are free and open to the public.

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Film: Bride of Frankenstein


Introduction: Associate Professor Jack Ryan
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 7 p.m. Joseph Theater, Breidenbaugh 201

He's baaackkk! Boris Karloff reprises his role as the monster in this 1935 sequel to Frankenstein. This movie draws on an aspect of Shelley's novel that the original film did not, the desire of the monster to have a mate.

Bride of Frankenstein will be followed by She's Alive!, a short documentary about creating the Bride of Frankenstein.

Maybe you'll even discover how she got those infamous white streaks in her hair!

Poster for The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935
The Granger Collection, New York

Lecture: Frankenstein: An Engendered Text

By the glimmer of the half-extinguished light.
I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open...


Speaker: Professor Temma Berg
Thursday, October 13, 2005, 7 p.m.
Musselman Library, Media Theater

Temma Berg, professor of English, examines how Mary Shelley’s roles as daughter, mother, wife, and woman author helped her create her first novel, Frankenstein.

Seeking her own voice, but determined to hear the stories of her mentors, she wove a mysterious tale of genre and gender.


Mary Shelley
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus London, 1831
Singer-Mendenhall Collection, Annenberg Rare Book and
Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

Lecture: Safety Assessment of Frankenfoods


Speaker: Dr. John Kough
Monday, October 17, 2005, 7 p.m.
Bowen Auditorium, McCreary 115

For years farmers and ranchers have "engineered" crops and cattle through selective breeding.
But now science has the ability to tinker with the genetic composition of what we eat.

Is this a way to increase the production and quality of our food? Are they safe? Or are we experimenting with something that could have unforeseen consequences on those who consume it? Are they "Frankenfoods"?

Dr. John Kough, senior scientist for the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division at the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs addresses the issue of genetically modified foods.

Visible Humans
Computerized images
National Library of Medicine

Music at the Movies: From the Majestic to the Monstrous

The Edison Kinetogram, March 15, 1910
Courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Edison National Historic Site


Presenters: Timothy Sestrick, Music Librarian, and students Elizabeth Graham, Candace Pfefferkorn, and Lina Smith

Performers: Covington String Quartet
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 7 p.m.
Paul Recital Hall, Schmucker 222

You know that sound...the music that puts you on the edge of your seat just before the monster jumps onto the screen.

Music Librarian, Timothy Sestrick, and Gettysburg students examine the importance of music in film. Their discussion includes the type of music that would have accompanied films in the hey day of Gettysburg's soon-to-be-reopened Majestic Theater, as well as the spooky songs that accompanied movies like Frankenstein.

This is followed by the world premier of Yukiko's Nishimura's original accompaniment to Thomas Edison's 1910 silent film Frankenstein, performed by the Covington String Quartet.

Film: Dracula


Introduction: Associate Professor Jack Ryan
Thursday, October 20, 2005, 7 p.m.
Joseph Theater, Breidenbaugh 201

Would a film festival of horror really be complete without at least one visit from Dracula?

The golden era of monster flicks began in 1931 when Universal Studios released Dracula, followed a few months later by Frankenstein. Actor Béla Lugosi became immortalized in the title role and it is from him (and his thick Hungarian accent) that Dracula developed that "voice" which we imitate today -- I vant to suck your blooood.

Film: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein


Introduction: Associate Professor Jack Ryan
Tuesday, October 25, 2005, 7 p.m.
Bowen Auditorium, McCreary 115

Most film depictions of Frankenstein veer far from the spirit of Mary Shelley's novel. Actor and director, Ken Branagh, tries to stay as close to the original story as possible in this 1994 film. Not that it isn't filled with the special effects...from the proverbial lightening bolts to gelatenous gore...which helps give it an R rating.

Branagh stars as Victor Frankenstein and features Robert DeNiro as the monster.

Original art by Jim Ramos ©  

Exhibit Reception


Friday, October 28, 2005
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Musselman Library, Main Floor Apse

Please join us to celebrate Musselman Library's hosting of the Frankenstein exhibit.

Enjoy some food, browse the exhibit, and music by the Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

© Original art by Jim Ramos

Film: Frankenstein (1931)

© Original art by Jaimie Schock


Introduction: Associate Professor Jack Ryan
Monday, October 31, 2005, 8 p.m.
Bowen Auditorium, McCreary 115

It'''s alive!!!

Come celebrate Halloween with the most famous monster film of all time...Frankenstein! This 1931 classic stars Boris Karloff, whose portrayal of the monster made him forever synonymous with Frankenstein's creature.

Treats provided. Costumes optional!

Lecture: Science in the Time of Mary Shelley


Speaker: Professor Stuart Curran
Tuesday, November 1, 2005, 7 p.m.
Bowen Auditorium, McCreary 115

It was the early 1800s. The electric battery had just been invented. Experiments in electro-chemistry included galvanism, a therapeutic application of electricity to stimulate nerve and muscle.

Scientists could now "animate" the dead, making a dissected frog's leg twitch or an oxen's dismembered head "grimace." Wrote Shelley, "perhaps a corpse would be re-animated; galvanism had given token of such things."

Stuart Curran, professor of English and Shelley scholar at the University of Pennslvania, will discuss the physical sciences during the early 19th Century and how scientific advances may have influenced Mary Shelley's writing of Frankenstein.

Sponsored by Friends of Musselman Library

From Giovanni Aldini, An Account of the Late Improvements in Galvanism Artist unknown, 1803 History of Medicine Division,
National Library of Medicine

Film: Gods and Monsters

James Whale

image found at:
"James Whale." Wikipedia


Introduction: Associate Professor Jack Ryan
Thursday, November 3, 2005, 7 p.m.
Joseph Theater, Breidenbaugh 201

Gods and Monsters explores the life of James Whale. Whale was Hollywood's golden boy in the 1930s when he directed such monster hits as Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man. He also gained notoriety for being openly gay in an era when professed homosexuality was considered shocking.

As the popularity of horror films diminished, Whale himself became invisible in Hollywood. and retired from film in 1942. This film shows Whale, now in failing health, recounting his life story to his handyman.

Ian McKellen stars as James Whale, with Brendan Fraser as the handyman.

Play and Panel Discussion: A Number by Caryl Churchill


Director: Chris Kauffman
Panel: Gettysburg College Professors
Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 7 p.m.
Brua Hall, Kline Theater, Room 200

A Number is not a traditional play, but more like an intense encounter between a father (played by Professor Jack Ryan) and son (Jeff Hann '06).

Written by Caryl Churchill, the one-hour play gives a powerful examination of the issue of cloning. A panel discussion by Gettysburg College professors from several disciplines will follow.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

(background image) Human Chromosomes
Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine

Lecture: "It's Alive": the Manuscript of Frankenstein


Speaker: Professor Charles Robinson
Thursday, November 10, 2005, 7 p.m.
Joseph Theater, Breidenbaugh 201

Charles E. Robinson, Professor of English Romanticism at University of Delaware, author, and noted scholar of Mary Shelley, discusses Shelley's manuscript and how its "creation" reinforces the plot of Frankenstein.

Robinson, published "The Frankenstein Notebooks," is editor of "Mary Shelley: Collected Tales and Stories," and "Mary Shelley's Proserpine and Midas," and is co-editor (with Betty T. Bennett) of "The Mary Shelley Reader."

Co-sponsored by the Department of English.

Portrait by Reginald Easton, courtesy of Bodleian Library, as seen on the cover of:
Bennett, Betty T. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley An Introduction. Baltimore: The John's Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Note: Due to illness, the previously-announced speaker Betty Bennett will not be giving a lecture.