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The Miscreation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Two hundred years ago, on a dark and stormy night in Switzerland, a group of young English intellectuals challenged one another to invent a frightening story.

Eighteen-year-old Mary Shelley—the daughter of political philosopher William Godwin and pioneering feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft—devised the most horrific tale, which in its many forms forever altered and continually haunts the landscape of literature and popular imagination.

Considered among the first sci-fi stories in the form of a novel, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, documents the consequences of Victor Frankenstein’s quest to assemble from corpses and reanimate a creature of his own design.

On display here are illustrated versions of the novel, several representations of the many new creations, re-creations, and miscreations of Frankenstein’s creature that followed the original, and examples of the scientific and literary works that inspired Shelley. 

To celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of Frankenstein’s publication, the USC Libraries are partnering with Visions & Voices and schools across campus for a live, multimedia performance on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. on the front steps of Doheny Memorial Library. Find more information about the event at: libraries.usc.edu/frankenstein.

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PAM@ the Library

Join educators from the USC Pacific Asia Museum as we explore Asian cultures, arts, and practices through storytelling and hands-on art making! Discover stories told through the eyes of children and engage in creating a work of art inspired by one of the many cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

April 29, 2019
Listen to the story A Shady Tree by Demi and create your own magical tree collage.

May 20, 2019
Listen to the story Suki's Kimono and learn to make a doll with a personally decorated textile.

This event is free for elementary aged children and their families.

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Space Tech Expo & Conference


Space Tech Expo & Conference is America's engineering meeting place for space technology to showcase the latest from technical designers, sub-system suppliers, manufacturers and components through to systems integrators for civil, military and commercial space.