In 2018, we celebrate the 200 years of the publication of "Frankenstein". 68 years before "The Strange Case
of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and 79 years before "Dracula". These
three novels constitute the "Holy Trinity" of horror literature
according to Stephen King. Its author, Mary Shelley, became known for this work
and for being responsible for the posthumous publication of her husband Percy Shelley’s poems. But the truth is
that we are dealing with the first modern Gothic novel which brings together
the haunted castles of European folklore and the new scientific spirit of the
industrial revolution, written by a young 19-year-old woman. But Mary Shelley
did not come by through literary chance, she's the daughter of philosopher
William Godwin and the first feminist in history, Mary Wollstonecraft. The
monster was not only the result of a nightmare suggested by a stormy night, but
it bears witness to the feminine condition at the time it was generated,
through its author's own tragic experiences. It took two centuries to begin to
give importance to Mary Shelley, to the detriment of Boris Karloff or James
Whale, who elevated her creation to a pop icon status. We have put together an
all-female panel to discuss the place of this novel in our era and how it
continues to be a quite current and relevant reading.
With the presence of Maria João Luís, Isabel Abreu, Bárbara Bulhosa and Helena Vasconcelos.
Moderated by Fernanda Câncio.
7 SEP | 19h15
Sala 2 at Cinema São Jorge