In anticipation of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, author Dayton Haskin, PhD, will explore the influences and implications of the novel’s cultural impact.
What do Frankenstein and John Milton have in common? Dayton Haskin, PhD, professor of English and Comparative Literature at Boston College, will answer this unique question and more in his lecture “Paradise Lost, Frankenstein, and the Discovery of Fake News” at Fairfield University.
The lecture will be held on November 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room, and is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies.
This year marks the 350th Anniversary of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. This work heavily influenced Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, which will celebrate the comparatively youthful anniversary of 200 years in 2018. In Dr. Haskin’s words, the lecture “will explore some short-term and some longer-term implications of the acknowledgment by the nameless creature at the center of Frankenstein that he read Milton’s epic as 'a true history,' attempting to apply its every word to himself.”
Dr. Haskin is the author of Milton’s Burden of Interpretation (Penn) and of John Donne in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford). He served as president of the Milton Society of America and the John Donne Society. He is the recipient of the James Holly Hanford Prize, the Donne Society Distinguished Book Award, and the Boydston Essay Prize.
Additionally, Dr. Haskin is currently investigating how English Literature became a “reputable academic subject.” This academic journey has taken him into two dozen university and college archives throughout the United States and United Kingdom.
Haskin’s lecture is sponsored by The Center for Catholic Studies. Throughout the year, the center welcomes nationally recognized scholars to present and share their knowledge on a wide array of topics of interest to Catholic Studies.
For more information, contact Michelle Ross, administrative coordinator for the Center for Catholic Studies, at (203) 254-4000 ext. 3415.