Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Exhibit Author: 
National Library of Medicine
Arizona Health Sciences Library

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature was developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association and displayed at NLM during 1997-1998. A traveling exhibition then was hosted at a number of libraries and institutions throughout the country, made possible by major grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Library of Medicine.

The exhibition was on display in the Arizona Health Sciences Library from March 5 - April 18, 2003.  An online version of the exhibit can be seen on the NLM website.

Events associated with the exhibition in Tucson included:

Frankenstein Community Lecture Series

Mary Shelley's Original FRANKENSTEIN: A Focusing of Cultural Anxieties
Jerrold E. Hogle, PhD, Professor, UA Dept. of English

The Bioethical Side Of Frankenstein and Its Implications for the Genomics Research of the Day
Jacqueline A Chadwick, MD, Associate Vice Pres., AHSC Phx Campus, Moderator

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Stuart K. Williams, PhD, Director, UA Biomedical Engineering

Frankenstein in Film
Susan M. White, PhD, Professor, UA Dept. of English

Creatures and Corpsicles: The Quest for Immortality
Kenneth V. Iserson, MD, MBA, Professor, UA Dept. of Emergency Medicine

Medicine and Literature: An Interface of Science and the Arts
Joseph S. Alpert, MD, Chairman, UA Dept. of Medicine
Helle Mathiasen, PhD, Professor, UA Humanities Program

Frankenstein Film Fest

Frankenstein (1931 original) 71 minutes
British Director James Whale is responsible for the indelible image we have of Frankenstein, neck bolts and boots.

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) 83 minutes
Hey, it's our Spring Break feature! Time to lighten up with the Monster and pals.

Bride of Frankenstein (1935 sequel) 75 minutes
Whale's 1935 sequel, considered by many to be better than the original. 

Son of Frankenstein (1939) 100 minutes
Director Rowland Lee made this 1939 sequel to the 1931 Whale original.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) 123 minutes
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.  “Swooping, wild, bloody, and energetic, this is bad moviemaking from the best, which makes it all the more lovable."

This series is coordinated with a lecture presentation by Dr. Susan White, Associate Professor of English 


Last updated Aug 17, 2012 by ncapdarest