Frankenstein Meets Climate Change: Monsters of Our Own Making

  • March 7, 2018 • 5 PM – 6 PM
  • Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 310

If you like Frankenstein, thank a volcano!

In 1816, the year Mary Godwin (later to become Mary Shelley) wrote “Frankenstein,” she was on vacation in Geneva with friends, but they were stuck indoors as the weather was terrible: gloomy, dark, rainy and cold. That’s when the group decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. Mary was inspired to write a gloomy and dark novel.

A year before the group vacationed, Mount Tambora in Indonesia erupted, spitting particulates into the atmosphere, blocking out sunlight and dropping temperatures.

“It was a dismal time,” Michael Wysession explained, “and I think that led to a feeling of gloom and pessimism that year throughout Europe, which was particularly hard hit. It was the perfect atmosphere for dreaming up Frankenstein.”