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Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics: Frankenstein and the hyena in petticoats

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Hippodrome, Grand Opera House
2-4 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR
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This event will take a fresh look at Mary Shelley’s famous and much-loved novel, Frankenstein. Dr Alex Barber of The Open University will consider the surprising presence of the author’s mother and father – philosophers Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin – within the book. Using video clips, Alex will uncover the influence of Shelley’s parents on this novel, particularly her feminist mother, who was called ‘a hyena in petticoats’ by male critics. Brought up by an abusive father, Mary Wollstonecraft was forced to leave home and dedicated herself to her writing. She is perhaps best known for her revolutionary manifesto, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, one of the earliest books on feminism. She died 10 days after giving birth to Mary Shelley but, as we will hear in this fascinating talk, still lives on in the words of her daughter. 

No background knowledge of the book is required to enjoy this event. The discussion following the talk will touch on issues relating to the role of women in contemporary society. 

This event will be delivered by Dr Alex Barber,  Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at The Open University.

Suitable for ages 18+

Delivered as part of The Imagine Festival of Politics and Ideas:

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