Derbyshire and the Making of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 

Dr Amanda Blake Davis is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Derby. She specialises in Romantic literature, particularly Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tells the tale of a creature stitched together from disparate parts. The narrative itself is also a composite of letters, diaries, and travel writing, describing the creature and its creator’s journeys from Switzerland to the Arctic. But Derbyshire also features on this journey. This talk will explore the region as a hub of eighteenth-century Enlightenment thought and its influence on Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ideas of science, revolution, and the imagination.



17 Jul 2024




The Pump Room

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  • Wed 17 Jul 2024 6.00pm - 7.00pm Book