Frankenstein and His Progeny

An Electra Street Colloquium

To celebrate the NYUAD Theater Program’s fall 2014 student production, Organs, Tissues and Candy Games (Inspired by Frankenstein), an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, Electra Street collaborated with LITCW, the NYUAD Literature and Creative Writing Program, and NYUAD’s Essential Cinema program on a set of events designed to investigate the continuing appeal of the Frankenstein story.

A film series presented not only the 1931 film adaptation directed by James Whale and starring Colin Clive and Boris Karloff, but also Gods and Monsters (1998), Bill Condon’s wonderful adaptation of of Christopher Bram’s novel Father of Frankenstein about Whale’s final days, and Harem alek (“Have Mercy,” according to the subtitles), also known as Ismail Yassin Meets Frankenstein, an Arabic-language adaptation of remake of the American film Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, starring Ismail Yassin (1912-1972), the legendary Egyptian comic actor, in the Costello role. [Click here to see trailers and clips on the LITCW website.[

We also co-sponsored a marathon reading of the 1818 text of Shelley’s novel and a colloquium entitled “Frankenstein and His Progeny,” featuring NYUAD faculty and students. Below you will find pieces inspired by the remarks delivered at the event.

  • Katherine Schaap Williams on deformity
  • Deborah Lindsay Williams on monstrosity and feminsim
  • Cyrus R. K. Patell on technophobia
  • Waïl Hassan of Ahmed Saadawi’s prize-winning novel Frankenstein in Baghdad
  • Tomi Tsunoda on Organs, Tissues and Candy Games

Reimagining a Classic

How Organs, Tissues, and Candy Games explored the ways in which the human body can be appropriated for purposes beyond its initial, native intent.

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