Patten Free Library is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” with a talk by Siena College Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Georgetown resident, Ray Boisvert. “Frankenstein’ is about as familiar a name as one can find. Its meaning, though, is most often associated with films rather than with the novel. This talk will focus on the novel. It will explore topics raised there, along with some contemporary manifestations. Among them: letter writing (a lost art in an email/texting age?); creating life without women (cloning, transhumanism); the importance of touch/interpersonal contact (e-commerce, digital ordering in restaurants); ugliness/strangeness (physical deformities, immigrants).” The presentation is illustrated with slides, with music, and with clips from the 1931 Boris Karloff film.
You don’t have to read the novel to participate — but there are plenty of copies available in Minerva.