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'It's alive!' Frankenstein returns to ASU Library

ASU's bicentennial celebration of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" continues – now, as part of a new traveling exhibition making its way across the United States.

Developed, produced and presented by the National Library of Medicine, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature has landed at Arizona State University, where it will remain in C2 of Hayden Library through Feb. 24, before moving to the next institution.

The exhibit explores Shelley’s novel as a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human. It also provides insight into the birth of Frankenstein, the life of Shelley, the scientific search for the principle of life, the transformation of the “monster” in popular culture – and is part of an ongoing national conversation about technology and what it means to be human, on the occasion of the book's 200th anniversary.

ASU Librarian Joe Buenker coordinated the exhibition, following the success of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, which included the 2016 Hayden Library Frankenstein at 200 exhibit. 

For questions about the exhibit, contact Joe at