The launch party for the community-wide reading project “Cedar Reads” takes place today at 6 p.m. in Room 002 of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library.
For this inaugural launch, SUU students, faculty and the greater Cedar City community are invited to join in reading the classic gothic horror fiction, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Since it is the 200th anniversary of the work, free copies of “Frankenstein” will be available for the first 50 attendees.
Participants will be treated to a lecture on “Assembling Frankenstein” from Dr. Kyle Bishop, Academic Coordinator of the Honors Program and professor at SUU, author of “American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture” and “How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture.” Attendees will also receive a breakdown of upcoming “Cedar Reads” events, including book discussions, lectures and film viewings of the 1931 classic with Boris Karloff, Bride of Frankenstein, and Young Frankenstein. Participants can also enter into a ghost story contest open to any and all submissions. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided.
As a Gothic horror novel, “Frankenstein” is an example of early science fiction and a classic of women’s literature. It deals with themes of religion, parental responsibility, love, vanity, scientific progress, death and the monstrous.
Take this chance to celebrate a great work widely recognized as a classic of gothic horror, science fiction and feminist literature.
Carlee Jo Blumenthal
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