Winona State University continues its celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein next 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.
The free film series Frankenfilms!, presented by WSU Film Studies students, continues on Monday, February 19, at 7 p.m. with Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” (1974).
“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.
At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, in Miller Auditorium, 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.
The Frankenfilms! series will conclude at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, with Tim Burton’s animated “Frankenweenie” (2008), also shown in Miller Auditorium and free and open to the public. “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.
The events will culminate in Frankenfest! A Celebration of Creativity on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m. in the Student Activity Center, Kryzsko Commons, 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 www.winona.edu/theme.