Wolfson's lecture, What Makes a Monster? or 'Frankenstein,' Then and Now, is sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund. It is free and open to the public.
Wolfson will examine the famous work by Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus," never out of print since its first publication in 1818. The story is a cultural myth summoned to give a language and a nightmare to culture's anxieties about scientific imagination. She will also discuss topics like scientific imagination, rights of creation and the definition of ethics. Who has the rights of creation and what constitutes miscreation? What about unmeant consequences and misuses? What makes a "monster"? And whose actions - the creature's or the creator's?
Wolfson taught at Rutgers University in New Brunswick for 13 years before joining the Princeton faculty in 1991. As a teacher and writer, her central interest is British Romanticism. She has written three books on the time period, Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism, Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in English Romanticism and The Questioning Presence: Wordsworth, Keats and the Interrogative Mode in Romantic Poetry. She also edited the Longman Cultural Edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and was co-editor of The Romantics and their Contemporaries, a Longman Anthology of British Literature volume.
In addition to the public lecture, Wolfson will meet with students and faculty and attend classes during her visit.
Ken Ericksen, a professor at Linfield since 1965, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna, who taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring speakers to campus for several days to work with faculty and students and to present a public lecture.
For more information, call 503-883-2289.