Monsters, books and libraries, oh my! Wilson Library and UNC professor Jeanne Moskal’s English class are teaming up to present, “Reconstructing Frankenstein’s Monster: Mary Shelley’s World in Print,” an exhibition that will bring Mary Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein,” back to life. Enter if you dare.
The exhibit will be on display from Thursday, April 26 to Aug. 26. It is free and open to the public. No prior knowledge of Shelley’s work is necessary to enjoy the exhibit. Audio casts are provided to adult and children viewers alike as they walk through the library.
The exhibition will celebrate the bicentennial of Shelley’s groundbreaking novel, reviving its history and wonders for a modern audience. The display will explore topics from scientific and global experimentation to feminism and sexual liberation, and analyze the time period that inspired Shelley’s pioneering imagination.
Moskal’s English 295H class has dedicated months of research to bring the exhibition to the community. The students have curated a display of books, pictures, objects and designs to contextualize the time Shelley lived, observed and wrote.
Once every four semesters, librarians and exhibition specialists of Wilson Library give faculty members a chance to perform a course they would like to teach, with the main student assignment being curating the exhibit for the Wilson Special Collections Library.