Category Archives: Exhibits & Events

National Library of Medicine’s Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Update: This traveling exhibition will be coming to UCR July 2nd through August 11th


As we move into the year, we’ll be seeing more and more Frankenstein-related exhibits and events. The NLM’s contribution to the conversation, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, starts, appropriately enough, with A Dark And Stormy Night:

On a dark and stormy night in 1816, Mary Shelley began writing a story that posed profound questions about individual and societal responsibility for other people.

To make her point, the young novelist used the scientific advances of her era and the controversy surrounding them as a metaphor for issues of unchecked power and self-serving ambition, and their effect on the human community.

Since that time, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has become one of the Western world’s most enduring myths. The story provides a framework for discussions of medical advances, which challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.

You can find more Frankenstein doings on our Events ,and Other Exhibits & Links pages

Volcanic ash and the creation of Frankenstein II

Logo of a green brain with the words

Logo for the “Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science” Exhibit at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Library

The Rosenbach Rare Book Library in Philadelphia has opened a new exhibit of rare manuscripts which examines the science that underpins the intersection of the Gothic and the Monstrous. Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science, opened October 13th, and will run until February 11th.  You can learn more herehere, here, and here.

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