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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Elizabeth C. Denlinger on Picturing Frankenstein’s Creature

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Early in Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s novel of 1818, Victor describes the monster he has created as “too horrible for human eyes", and yet no one has been able to turn away since the earliest theatrical productions, in which the creature was played by a tall graceful actor in blue body paint. This talk will explore the extremely varied ways in which the creature has been portrayed and the relationship between those portrayals and the reader’s or viewer’s identification with him. Do we stare because he’s so hideous, or because he’s so attractive?

Elizabeth C. Denlinger received a Ph.D. from NYU. Formerly a curator at the Morgan, she has curated the Carl H. Pforzheimer Circle of Shelley and His Circle since 2008. This talk rises from an exhibition she’s guest-curating at the Morgan called It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200 that will open at the Morgan in the fall of 2018.

(Illustration: Barry Moser)

Presented by The New School's Parsons School of Design. 

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Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Art and Design, Writing and Literature


Parsons School of Design, School of Art, Media and Technology


Graphic Design and Illustration, Writing, Storytelling and Communication




Free, seating is limited first come first served.



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