Frankenstein Bicentenary Events at WSU

Winona State University continues its celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein this week. Two hundred years after its initial anonymous publication, Mary Shelley’s novel continues to speak to contemporary concerns about science, ethics, creativity, gender, the family, otherness, and education. It is a work that invites interdisciplinary conversation and study, engaging faculty, staff, students, and community in dialogue about its characters, themes, and concerns.

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (1974)
Part of Frankenfilms!, a free film series presented by WSU Film Studies students
Monday | February 19 | 7:00pm
Miller Auditorium | Stark Hall 103

Young Frankenstein is an affectionate parody of the Universal Studios films Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939), all of which starred Boris Karloff as the Monster. Brooks’ comedy stars Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, and Peter Boyle, as well as featuring props and sets from the original Universal productions. Young Frankenstein is rated PG and appropriate for ages 12 and up according to CommonSense Media.

“Framing Frankenstein” Panel Discussion
Wednesday | February 21 | 5:00pm
Miller Auditorium | Stark Hall 103

The Consortium for Liberal Arts and Sciences Promotion (CLASP) will present a panel discussion entitled “Framing Frankenstein” featuring WSU faculty members Jim Armstrong, Patrick Clipsham, Ann-Marie Dunbar, and Andrew Higl. 

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie (2008)
Part of Frankenfilms!, a free film series presented by WSU Film Studies students
Sunday | February 25 | 3:00pm
Miller Auditorium | Stark Hall 103

Frankenweenie features the distinctive hand-sculpted stop-motion technique Burton has perfected in films like Corpse Bride and The Nightmare before Christmas in a loving homage to both Frankenstein films and to Burton’s own boyhood. The film is rated PG and appropriate for ages nine and up, according to CommonSense Media. 

Frankenfest! A Celebration of Creativity
Thursday | February 29 | 5:00pm
Student Activity Center | Kryzsko Commons

The events will culminate in Frankenfest! A Celebration of Creativity, featuring student winners of creative competitions in filmmaking and creative writing. These events are sponsored by the Departments of English, Art, and Mass Communication and by the University Theme Committee.  A full calendar is available at

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