WELLESLEY, Mass. -- In the past few years, mash-ups—like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—have meant classic works have undergone radical pop transformations at the hands of Hollywood. Wellesley College took a decidedly more unique approach in its celluloid celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of one classic text, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”
The college’s popular movie series, Cinephile Sundays, honored Shelley herself (and by extension the iconic horror story of science gone awry) by screening several films on campus. Some films alluded to Shelley’s life; others reflected on her famous monster and the issues brought up by her novel. The most famous film screened was the “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), which was the first sequel to “Frankenstein” (1931).
For the all-women’s college, however, the true star of the celebration was Shelley since she embodied an artist who, despite a literary world hostile to women writers, produced one of the most enduring stories.