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FRANKENSTEIN 200: Cannot help but remain a text for our time

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Cannot help but remain a text for our time

I cannot think of any film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that would pass the Bechdel test. Most have few women characters, women rarely talk to each other and, when they do, it’s invariably about men – or at least about males, if we count Victor Frankenstein’s creation.

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Of ‘Frankenstein’ and the White House

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Of ‘Frankenstein’ and the White House

To read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200 is also, coincidentally, to read it one year into Donald Trump’s presidency. The novel’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus, indicates the folly of a human who steals fire from the gods and assumes for himself divine power, just as Victor Frankenstein attempts to replace God by creating human life from an act of solitary will rather than the natural means of sexual congress.

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Mary Shelley warned me there’d be days like this

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Mary Shelley warned me there’d be days like this

As I stood with my arm hooked around a nearby support, lurching with the train, the pre-recorded male announcer’s voice on the intercom gave the usual orders: “Move over, make room at the doors.” Nobody shifted, except one teen who exhaled a bored “Whatever,” dragging out the ‘r’ for a few heartbeats.

Read. Watch. Listen. with John Hatch

Read. Watch. Listen. with John Hatch

Read. Watch. Listen. introduces you the personal side of our faculty, staff and alumni. Participants are asked to answer three simple questions about their reading, viewing and listening habits.

Medway-Sydenham Hall reopens to residents (UPDATED 6:45 p.m.)

Medway-Sydenham Hall reopens to residents (UPDATED 6:45 p.m.)

Medway-Sydenham Hall reopens to residents 6:45 p.m. Students have returned to Medway-Sydenham Hall following the afternoon appearance of a “strange smell” that caused enough concern to evacuate the two Western residences, university officials said. The London Fire...

Grand Bend fireball may have dropped meteorites

Grand Bend fireball may have dropped meteorites

Nothing lights up the night – or sparks the interest of researchers – quite like a meteor sighting. At 7:23 p.m. Wednesday, a network of Western-operated cameras captured a fireball jetting across southern Ontario. Analysis of the video data suggests that fragments of...

Preserving Canadian memory on Juno Beach

Preserving Canadian memory on Juno Beach

Rebecca (Cline) Le Savoureux, BA’05 (Political Science, French), is ensuring the world never forgets the contributions of Canadian soldiers who liberated a country and freed a planet from fascism during the Second World War.

President Chakma’s statement on U.S. Travel Restrictions

President Chakma’s statement on U.S. Travel Restrictions

Western is adding its voice to those of universities across North America expressing grave concern regarding the recent executive order banning individuals from seven countries with Muslim majorities from entering the United States for 90 days.