Of 'Gods and Monsters': Shelley's Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On
Of ‘Gods and Monsters’: Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On
Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature
19-21 April 2018
Dr. Christina Bieber Lake, Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, Wheaton College
Prophets of the Posthuman: American Literature, Biotechnology and the Ethics ofPersonhood
(Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2013)
Dr. Bieber Lake is also the author of the book The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor and many articles which have appeared in Books & Culture and elsewhere.
The primary theme of the convention will be a celebration of the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Union University itself envisions a campus-wide, interdisciplinary commemoration for the calendar year, though the focus for this conference will be, as always, on the intersection of theology and fiction.
Within the Frankenstein motif, possible topics and areas of interest include:
--Mary Shelley’s legacy in contemporary science fiction
---Creation: Human, subhuman and posthuman
--Narrative frames and the voice of the marginalized
--Science, technology, and the limitations of knowledge
--Maternity and paternity
--Idealized vs. “monstrous” femininity
--“Singularity” in terms of AI vs. human intelligence
--Revisions of Frankenstein in movies/pop culture
As always, SECCL is open to other proposals concerning the relationship of Christianity and literature. Abstracts from graduate students are also welcome. Undergraduates should send complete papers.
Send abstracts (400-500) words via email attachment to Prof. Roger Stanley, at firstname.lastname@example.org . The submission deadline is January 15, 2018.