FrankenLecture: "A Tale of Two Frankensteins"

When you read Frankenstein -- was it in high school? college? on your own? Did you use a Norton Critical edition of the book, or a Penguin Classic? 

If you can't remember what your book looked like, think back to the plot. Was Victor Frankenstein's love interest Elizabeth his cousin, or was she a problematically adopted orphan? Did Victor Frankenstein seem pretty level-headed, or did he whine incessantly about Destiny with a capital "D"? These questions can help you identify if you've read Mary Shelley's original 1818 text, or, her later edited and re-released edition in 1831.

Though the changes may not be as bad as George Lucas's 2000 additions to Star Wars, they are significant, and fascinating when put in conversation with Mary Shelley's biography and the larger literary culture surrounding her famous book. In this lecture for the UCR FrankenBlog, I tell all in "A Tale of Two Frankensteins."

Going to Cambridge!

Exciting news! This May, I'm headed to the UK for the very first time, thanks to a Humanities Graduate Student Research grant from the interdisciplinary Center for Ideas and Society (CIS) at UCR. I'll fly from LA to London during the second week of May, 2017, where I'll spend a weekend in London, a week in Cambridge, hop over to NAVSA-Florence, and then return to Cambridge to refine my work for a few more days before catching a flight home. I can't wait to work with archival Darwin materials, and take my dissertation to the next level.

I plan to blog all about it, so check back here this summer and be sure to follow me on Twitter @mirandactl.

Book Review forthcoming in SFS

If you've been around a lot of Science Studies scholars lately, Donna Haraway's newest book, Staying with the Trouble, is a rightfully hot topic of conversation. But its large amount of new theoretical terminology, particularly its conspicuously long third chapter on "sympoiesis," can make it a bit of a time-commitment to read. Luckily, I spent virtually all of January digging my tentacles deep into the text, and weaving a thready web of all its arguments together into one concise book review. (Puns very much intended.)

Look for "Not that Cthulu," a review of Donna Haraway's Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, forthcoming in Science Fiction Studies, July 2017.

Huntington Manuscript 144: Digital/Video Project

Huntington Manuscript 144: The “Plague Page,” as my peers and I refer to it, is a “recipe” written against the plague and added to the manuscript in a sixteenth-century secretary hand. And where do the dragons come in? We'll have to learn to read the scribal handwriting to find out.

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