UC Libraries Celebrate Halloween with a Unique Look at Frankenstein
Get details on a casual Halloween lunchtime talk and display in UC’s Archives & Rare Books Library.
Date: 10/22/2013 8:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Archives & Rare Books Library
Almost two centuries after it was first published, the story of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has captured the attention and imagination of horror and science fiction/pop culture fans, literature lovers and artists. As a timely topic for Halloween, the University of Cincinnati’s Archives & Rare Books Library will feature the literary classic as part of its “50 Minutes -1 Book” lecture series. The casual lunchtime talk gets underway at noon, Thursday, Oct. 31, in Room 814 of Blegen Library.
|Barry Moser's monster from Frankenstein|
The talk will reveal the illustrations of two holdings in the Archives & Rare Books Library, including the woodcut designs of Barry Moser, considered one of the most outstanding illustrators and book designers of our time. Kevin Grace, head of the Archives & Rare Books Library, also will discuss Lynd Ward’s woodcut renderings of the monster. “Ward worked in woodcuts in the 1920s and ‘30s, and much of his work was dark and foreboding, and concerned with man’s alienation,” says Grace.
The talk will also feature Tracy Teslow, an associate professor of history in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). Teslow will approach Frankenstein from an academic point of view, examining how the novel also serves as a window into fears about mixing human arrogance with science and technology, and its effects on society.
Grace says part of the discussion will look at Frankenstein’s evolution into graphic pop culture, with a nod to Hollywood that includes Mel Brooks’ classic movie, “Young Frankenstein.”
A Halloween-themed exhibit of the library’s rare illustrations of books reflecting spirits and witchcraft will be in the 8th floor hallway of Blegen Library.
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