Invitation to the Annual Wordsworth Lecture - Thurs 22 Nov, 6-7pm, Senate House London

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The Annual Wordsworth Lecture 2018

The Wordsworth Trust and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, invite you to ‘A Daedalus for the Romantic Era? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’

A talk by Professor Fiona Sampson

The lecture will take place on Thursday 22 November 2018,6.00-7.00pm in the Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House,┬áMalet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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Both Frankenstein and the Daedalus myth address our fear of the exceptional individual who abuses his talents by overreaching: the maker who doesn’t know when to stop. Both create capacious archetypes, with plenty of space to explore ambivalence and even admiration alongside that fear. But Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein takes us considerably further than the composite Daedalus story: in a number of directions. Political, ethical, existential and scientific, all seem particularly pertinent to British Romantic experience of society and the self. But is it a paradox that this apparently universalisable myth could only have been written in its own time and place?

If you would like to attend, please RSVP with your name and number of places to:
Hannah Stratton, Development Office, the Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH.

Alternatively, telephone 015394 63520 or email h.stratton@wordsworth.org.uk

Please RSVP by Friday 16 November

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