Mary Shelley Critic to Discuss Frankenstein at IWU
Anne K. Mellor
September 20, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- Anne K. Mellor, a professor at UCLA and author of several books
on the work of Mary Shelley, will present a public lecture on Shelley’s Frankenstein on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center at Illinois Wesleyan.
Mellor’s presentation is part of a year-long series of discussions and events in connection
with the summer reading program in which all first-year students at Illinois Wesleyan
were assigned to read Frankenstein before coming to campus in August.
First-year students met with volunteer faculty and staff members for group discussions
of the text during their orientation activities in August. The program was intended
to orient students to the academic life and intellectual community of Illinois Wesleyan
University, said Carolyn Nadeau, coordinator of First-Year Advising and associate
professor of Hispanic Studies.
Mellor is a distinguished professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University
of California – Los Angeles. Her analysis, “Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein,”
was included in the edition of Frankenstein recommended for participants in the summer reading program.
Mellor’s books include “Mary Shelley: Her Fiction, Her Life, Her Monsters” and “Romanticism
and Gender.” She also is the editor of collections including “Romanticism and Feminism”
and “The Other Mary Shelley.”