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Cari colleghi, siamo lieti di segnalarvi il seguente convegno:

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1818–2018: Circuits and Circulation
Bologna, 19–21 September 2018
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA, DIPARTIMENTO DI LINGUE, LETTERATURE E CULTURE MODERNE (LILEC)

A Joint International Conference:
Centro Interuniversitario per lo Studio del Romanticismo (CISR)
British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS)
ERA (European Romanticism in Association)
Cardiff University
The Open University

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Aula Prodi – San Giovanni in Monte, 2

13.30 – 14.15
Conference Registration
PHD/ECR PRE-CONFERENCE

Welcome Address
Session A: Circulating the Self
14.15 – 16.15
(Chair: Cecilia Pietropoli)
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Anna Mercer (Keats House), The Shelleys’ Frankenstein Review Notebook: A Discussion of MSS
13, 290 in the Library of Congress

Marco Canani (University of Milan), The Story of Safie: Literary and Cultural Otherness in
Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus
Valentina Pramaggiore (University of Bologna), “The ‘Monster’ in the House”: The
Representation of the Feminine in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Luca Tosadori (University of Bologna), Glam Frankenstein: Gender, Identity and Performance
Barbara Hughes-Moore (Cardiff University), “I, not in deed, but in effect, was the true
murderer”: Frankenstein & the Strange Case of the Criminal Mind
Coffee Break

2

Session B: Intertextual Circuits
16.40 – 18.40
(Chair: Rossana Bonadei)
Aula Prodi – San Giovanni in Monte, 2

Paolo Bugliani (University of Pisa), Dante in Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s Early “Dantesque
Education”
Valeria Stabile (University of Bologna), Thanatographies: The Anatomy of Death in Esther
Cross’s Novel La mujer que escribió Frankenstein and Marta Dillon’s Aparecida
Eleanor Drage (University of Bologna), Horror’s Twin Revisited: The Humanistic Legacy of Mary
Shelley’s Frankenstein
Carlotta Susca (University of Bari), Victor, Proteus and Caliban: Frankenstein’s New Life in
Penny Dreadful
Maria Paola Svampa (Columbia University), Brides, Creatures, and Creators: The Burlesque
Afterlives of Frankenstein

19.30 – 22.30
Welcome Cocktail
(Drinks & finger food)

San Giovanni in Monte, Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2

Thursday, 20 September 2018
Aula Prodi – San Giovanni in Monte, 2
9.00 – 9.30 Opening Remarks

Mirko Degli Esposti (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Bologna)
Paola Puccini (Head of Department, LILEC)
Lilla Maria Crisafulli and Serena Baiesi (CISR)
Anthony Mandal (BARS / Cardiff University)
Nicola Watson (ERA / Open University)

9.30 – 11.00

Session 1A: Embodying the Gothic
(Chair: Anthony Mandal)
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Andrew Smith (University of Sheffield), Frankenstein and Gothic Subjectivity
Serena Baiesi (University of Bologna), Italian Gothic Context and Culture in Mary Shelley’s
Stories after Frankenstein
Angela Wright (University of Sheffield), “Nearly in the shadow of my own vampire”: Recollecting
the Gothic in Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s Later Works

3

Session 1B: “Hideous Progeny”?: Body as Spectacle in Frankenstein

(Chair: Maria Valentini)
Aula Grande – San Giovanni in Monte, 2

Essaka Joshua (University of Notre Dame), Monster Sights: The Return of the Visible in
Frankenstein
Paola Spinozzi (University of Ferrara), Dr Frankenstein as a Progeny of Francis Bacon’s Fathers
of the House of Solomon
Francesca Orestano (University of Milan), A Few Questions about the Body of the Creature:
Monstrosity and Ideal Beauty

Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.30

Session 2A: Mary Shelley’s Intellectual Circles

(Chair: Caroline Patey)
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Antonella Braida (University of Lorraine), Legal Networks: Frankenstein and Mary
Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Interest in the Law and Human Rights
Stephen Bygrave (University of Southampton), The “ecstasy of our future prospects”:
Frankenstein and What Happened to Dissent
Carla Pomarè (University of Piemonte Orientale) Roger Bacon, the Shelley Circle and
Frankenstein
Lisa Vargo (University of Saskatchewan) Mrs Rossetti’s Frankenstein: Forging Connections with
Fanny Godwin

Session 2B: Mary Shelley and Science
(Chair: Elena Spandri)
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Tim Fulford (De Monfort University), Arctic Air: Science and Exploration, and Frankenstein
Mirella Agorni (University of Venice), Science in the Feminine: The Role of Eighteenth-Century
Women in the Circulation of Scientific Knowledge and the Myth of Italian “Filosofesse”
Elisabetta Marino (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Women and Botany: from Priscilla
Wakefield’s An Introduction to Botany, in a Series of Familiar Letters (1796) to Mary Shelley’s
Frankenstein
Diego Saglia (University of Parma), Meeting One’s Maker – from Frankenstein to Westworld

Lunch Break

14.45 – 15.35

Plenary 1: Lilla Maria Crisafulli (University of Bologna)
Rewriting the Body / Reconstructing the World in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

(Chair: Nicola Watson)
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4

15.45 – 17.15

Session 3A: Monsters, Myths and Sources

(Chair: Keith Crook)
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Keir Elam (University of Bologna), How to Make a Monster: Shelley, Shakespeare and Early
Modern Monstrosity
Maximiliaan van Woudenberg (Sheridan Institute of Technology), Circulation before
Frankenstein: Mary Shelley and Ghostly Visitations in “The Gray Room” and “The Black
Chamber”
Lia Guerra (University of Pavia), Frankenstein and the Unbearable Lightness of Myth

Session 3B: Enframing the Gothic
(Chair: Silvia Albertazzi)
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Dale Townshend (Manchester Metropolitan University), Frankenstone; or, Architectural
Monstrosity, Romance, and the “Modern Gothick” Style
Bruna Mancini (University of Calabria), Spaces and Places of the Fantastic in Mary Shelley’s
Frankenstein
Nick Groom (University of Exeter), Frankenstein: Blood and Being
Coffee Break

17.40 – 18.30

Plenary 2: Stuart Curran (University of Pennsylvania)

Frankenstein: Matters of Fact
(Chair: Lilla Maria Crisafulli)
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19.30 – 20.30

Sightseeing Tour of Bologna by open Bus

and arrival at
VILLA BENNI
(VIA SARAGOZZA 210, BOLOGNA)
SOCIAL DINNER

Friday, 21 September 2018

9.00 – 9.50

Plenary 3: Nora Crook (University of Cambridge)
The Cinderella of the Frankenstein Editions

(Chair: Serena Baiesi)
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5

10.00 – 11.30

Session 5A: Re-Constructing Frankenstein
(Chair: Gioia Angeletti)
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Dino Franco Felluga (Purdue University), Framing Byron: Frankenstein and the Constitution of
the British Novel
Sonia Hofkosh (Tufts University), When Jane Met Mary; or, Frankenstein’s Romantic Comedy
Roberto Baronti Marchiò (University of Cassino), Assembling the Monster: Fragments, Limbs
and Ideology in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Session 5B: Reading Frankenstein
(Chair: Vita Fortunati)
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Emily Alder (Edinburgh Napier University), Frankenstein’s Children: Young Scientists in
Children’s Literature
Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna), Criminal Mind: Reading Frankenstein as an Archetypal
Psychological Thriller
Lucy Morrison (European Romantic Review) Abort the Family: Doris Lessing and Exceeding
(Succeeding) Frankenstein

Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.30

Session 6A: Philosophy, Science and Political Discourse

(Chair: Rita Monticelli)
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Richard Sha (American University), Mary Shelley and Obstetrics
Franca Dellarosa (University of Bari), “Articulate sounds”: Frankenstein, Language Learning and
Bare Life
Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University), “[M]y form is a filthy type of yours”: Frankenstein and
Posthuman Alterity in the 21st Century

Session 6B: Adaptating Frankenstein across Time and Media

(Chair: Fernando Cioni)
Aula Grande – San Giovanni in Monte, 2

Frederick Burwick (University of California), Vampire, Sailor, and Monster of the Romantic
Stage: Thomas Potter Cooke
Carlotta Farese (University of Bologna), Debunking the Gothic: Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s People
Will Talk and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Gino Scatasta (University of Bologna), Swinging Frankenstein: The Creature in the Sixties

Lunch Break

6

14.45 – 15.45

Session 7A: Performing Frankenstein
(Chair: Roswitha Burwick)
Aula Prodi – San Giovanni in Monte, 2

Caroline Bertoneche (University of Grenoble), Staging Frankenstein: “Démesure et mesure” in
Jean-François Peyret’s 2018 Adaptation
Michela Vanon Alliata (University of Venice), The Uses of Parody and the Practice of Laughter
in Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein

Session 7B: Frankenstein on the Small Screen
(Chair: Nicoletta Vallorani)
Aula Grande – San Giovanni in Monte, 2

Gilberta Golinelli (University of Bologna), The Post-Modern Prometheus: Mary Shelley’s
Remediated Monster in TV Series
Saverio Tomaiuolo (University of Cassino), (Dis)Assembling the Creature: From Frankenstein to
Penny Dreadful

Coffee Break

16.15 – 17.00
(Chair: Keir Elam)
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Nicola Watson (ERA/Open University), Launch of the RÊVE Website
Nick Groom (University of Exeter), Launch of the new edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for
Oxford University Press (2018)

Drinks Reception
17.30 – 19.30
VISIT

Teatro anatomico (Archiginnasio) – Palazzo Poggi & Museo della Musica