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Newhouse Faculty Series: Rebecca Summerhays

Presented by Wellesley College at Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall 237, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

Nov 04 2019
Newhouse Faculty Series: Rebecca Summerhays

The Novel on the Defensive: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, William Paley’s Natural Theology, and the Human Machine

Newhouse Center faculty fellow Rebecca Summerhays, a visiting lecturer in the Writing Program, discusses her ongoing research project. Her research interests include Victorian fiction, natural history, evolutionary theory, narrative theory, and feminist theory.

Representations of Victor Frankenstein’s monster, both popular and critical, refuse to see him whole. That is, in both film and theory, the creature is either a hideous body or a beautiful mind, but rarely both. Summerhays argues

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