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“It’s Alive!” You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Let’s Consider the Book: Understanding Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

August 16, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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The program

If your knowledge of the Frankenstein story begins and ends with the movies, you are missing out.  Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, is at once more frightening than any of its filmed versions, and also a deeply personal account of what it means to be ‘human.’ After reading this book, you could come away wondering who was the real monster. Join Library President Lisa Browar and UMKC’s Professor Jennifer Phegley in a lively conversation about Frankenstein.

The speakers

Lisa Browar was appointed President of the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology in July 2008. Prior to accepting this position, she was University Librarian at The New School in New York City from 2002 until July 2008. Lisa holds a BA in English from Indiana University, an MA in English and American Literature from the University of Kansas, an MLS from Indiana University, and an Executive MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She began her career as Assistant Curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature at Yale University’s Beinecke Library, and proceeded to become the Curator of Special Collections at Vassar College, the Assistant Director for Rare Books and Manuscripts at The New York Public Library, and the Director of the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Lisa is a member of the Grolier Club and the University Club. She has served as both secretary and chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and was appointed to the New York State Historical Records Advisory Board by Governor Mario Cuomo. She was co-editor of the ACRL journal, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, for six years, and has published and lectured widely on topics concerning literary biography, manuscript curatorship, and the history of the publishing industry.

Jennifer Phegley is Professor and Associate Chair of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she teaches nineteenth-century literature and culture. Professor Phegley is the author of Courtship and Marriage in Victorian England (Praeger 2012) and Educating the Proper Woman Reader: Victorian Family Literary Magazines and the Cultural Health of the Nation (The Ohio State University Press 2004). She co-edited Transatlantic Sensations (Ashgate 2012), Teaching Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Palgrave 2010), and Reading Women: Literary Figures and Cultural Icons from the Victorian Age to the Present (University of Toronto Press 2005). She is currently working on a book about the publishing partnerships of John Maxwell and Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Sam and Isabella Beeton called Magazine Mavericks: Marital Collaborations and the Invention of New Reading Audiences in Mid-Victorian England, for which she was awarded both the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals’ Curran Fellowship (2013) and a Harry Ransom Research Center Fellowship (2015). Professor Phegley earned a BA in English and history from Texas State University and an MA and PhD in English from The Ohio State University.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.

Live Stream

If you are unable to attend the lecture in person, you can watch a live broadcast from the Library’s Facebook page or via livestream.com.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.


August 16, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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