Frankenreads Monster Read-a-thon at SCU, with Photo Gallery

From College Notes 11-16-18: “Kirstyn Leuner (English) organized a marathon reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on Halloween to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the novel, published in 1818. A mix of students, faculty, staff, and community members read 15-minute increments of the novel from a podium staged just outside of University Library, in front of a spooky forest backdrop and other themed decorations. The event lasted from 8am until 5pm, with Michelle Burnham’s (English) CTW class and Matt Gomes (English) uttering the creature’s final words. The Department of English, University Library, the Center for Arts and Humanities and the English Club generously sponsored the event. SCU’s event…

Upcoming Public Lecture 2/18/16, “The Textual Diorama in the Romantic Era: Writing Virtual Ruins”

In 1822-23, a large-scale, theatrical painting show called the Diorama, invented by Louis Daguerre and Charles Bouton, debuted in Paris and London, and it riveted audiences with the recent inventions of realistic 3D illusions and animation. The sensational Diorama inspired authors and artists to invent new forms of storytelling. Building on an emerging body of critical theory and analysis that grapples with non-teleological histories of “old” media, Dr. Leuner identifies a group of authors in the early 19th century who respond to the novelty and special effects of the Diorama by trying to translate these shows into text to enliven…