Episode 224: Ellen Peel, PhD, “Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her ‘Hideous Progeny'”

Litquake, the Bay Area’s literary festival and San Francisco Ballet co-present “Frankenstein at the Ballet: Mary Shelley and Her ‘Hideous Progeny.'” Professor Ellen Peel from the Comparative and World Literature Department at SF State reflects on the origin of Frankenstein. Shelley was often asked, “how I, then a young girl, came to think of…so very hideous an idea.” Peel will address that question by looking at cultural and scientific forces in her day, and by considering Shelly’s early life. Peel will comment on how the novel has managed to play so powerfully on our wishes and fears for two centuries, becoming a myth continually reborn in new avatars, now including a ballet.

Header Image: Wei Wang and Max Cauthorn in Scarlett’s Frankenstein // © Erik Tomasson

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