Frankenstein is 200 years old!

In 1818, 18-year-old Mary Shelley published the first edition of Frankenstein, a novel whose story and characters rapidly assumed mythic status. The obsessed scientist Frankenstein and his monstrous creation are cultural archetypes which show no sign of ever losing their fascination or their potential for generating new books, plays, movies, images, computer games – and who can say what the future may bring?

To mark the occasion, there will be a multitude of celebratory events throughout the world under the title of Frankenreads.

Here in Copenhagen, we aim to join the 308 events already announced with an evening of readings, short talks and discussions.

The bar will be open. There will be short presentations on the book and its enduring influence. We will also read selected extracts from the novel, and you are invited to be one of the readers – contact marhan@hum.ku.dk to join the team. Please forward this text to anyone you think may be interested.