Gender and Sci-fi: another Modern Prometheus

the library haunter  ?‏ @SketchesbyBoze tweeted:

“women are ruining sci-fi!!!” first of all, your genre was *invented* by a 17-year-old girl, she made love on her mother’s grave and kept her late husband’s calcified heart on her desk but sure, your wizard-space-fantasy is so badass, 11:05 AM – 30 Aug 2018

This discusses a dreary opinion that has been uttered a number of times over the years, and hopefully we are getting to the point where such opinions can be ignored. But just in case…This response talks about the contributions of Mary Shelly, as included in this article:

For this part of the 200th anniversary of the first version of “Frankenstein” it’s worth noting that history tells an important story about the ways we can talk about this novel. 

And remember that we will be able to celebrate it again in 2031, since that is the edition the one most widely circulated. Some of the more interesting differences between versions has been researched.

If you should find yourself in Bath, in the Pump Room in the outside hallway you will find this plaque:

And needless to add, in 2031 we can also celebrate the James Whale film version that year as well…along with other versions that might have been…

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Ralph Beliveau Media Arts Area Head Associate Professor, Creative Media Production @ralphbeliveau Dr. Beliveau is on faculty for the Gaylord College and affiliate faculty in both Film and Media Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. He co-authored Digital Literacy: A Primer on Media, Identity, and the Evolution of Technology (2016) and co-edited the forthcoming collection International Horror Film Directors: Global Fear (December 2016). He writes and teaches about media education and literacy, race, horror media, documentary, rhetorical criticism, video production, film, popular culture, music & cultural studies, and documentary theory production & history. He has written about network society, documentary rhetoric, horror media, The Wire, African American biographical documentaries, Alex Cox, Supernatural, Richard Matheson, Night Gallery, Italian film, and Paolo Freire and media literacy. He previously taught Radio/TV/Film at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and broadcast journalism, popular culture, and rhetoric while doing graduate work at the University of Iowa. Beliveau ran an FM radio station and cable television studio in Chicago and worked in Los Angeles in independent film and television production. He served as editor of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, chair of the Cultural and Critical Studies division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and chair of the Student Documentary Competition for the Broadcast Education Association. Beliveau is part of the team of faculty who leads the British Media Tour annually and also taught Italian Popular Film and Literature in the Journey to Italy program in Arezzo. Beliveau earned his B.S. from Northwestern University and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. More can be found at

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