Opening on October 12th, 2018, It’s Alive! commemorates the two hundredth anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel, first published in 1818. Its organizing curator is John Bidwell, Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings at the Morgan Library & Museum, and the guest curator is Elizabeth Denlinger, Curator of the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle at the New York Public Library.
The curators will present a preview of the exhibition. Denlinger will speak about the novel as a work of literature with reference to its origins in Gothic art and literature and its treatment of scientific ethics, social issues, gender roles, religion, and morality. Bidwell
will trace its impact on popular culture from the stage versions of the 1820s to the classic horror movies of the 1930s, while also noting imitations, mashups, and parodies in paperbacks, comics, and graphic novels. They hope to shed light on the enduring fascination with Frankenstein in the theater, the cinema, the classroom, and other venues of the reading public.