This lecture is about Mary Shelley, the creator of the famous monster Frankenstein, and wife of the romantic poet P. B. Shelley. At the age of 18, Mary Shelley wrote the novella “Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus”, which was first published on 1 January 1818 and is considered one of the most influential and important books in English literary history.
In December 2018, a film version of Mary Shelley’s life will be shown in German cinemas, realized by Saudi Arabian director Haifaa al-Mansour. The leading role is played by Elle Fanning. The film essentially deals with the early years of Mary Shelley’s life: Her intellectual and feminist parents, her romance with the married Shelley, the escape of the two and the famous summer at Lake Geneva in Lord Byron’s country house, during which not only the novel “Frankenstein” was written, but also the character Dracula was invented. The lecture compares film and biography and presents the novel, which is still absolutely worth reading even after 200 years.