Mary Shelley – Talk led by Melissa Edmundson Makala, Ph.D.

Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel Frankenstein, poses the question: What if someone discovered the secret to creating life? It then explores the ramification of such a discovery: Are we capable of managing our technological creations? Furthermore, what responsibility (if any) do we hold in caring for abandoned or wronged members of society? Mary Shelley raises these questions from a context of living much of her life as an outsider – learning early on that her mother challenged societal norms and that she died as a result of Mary’s birth; at odds with a stepmother who brought two children of her own into the marriage with her father; rejected by her father upon her elopement with Percy Bysshe Shelley; shunned for life by her husband’s family; betrayed by a close friend. In fact, the big reveal in learning about Mary Shelley is to discover how much the story of the fantastical, wretched, hideous creature brought to life in a Swiss laboratory draws on or parallels Mary’s experience in England as an intelligent daughter of two notable middle-class authors and consort/wife of an aristocrat poet.


LIVE IN PERSON PROGRAM – Hughes Main Library. 


LIVESTREAM VIEWING - Want to watch from home?
The Mary Shelley Talk will be livestreamed and questions will be taken from the virtual audience. A link to the livestream will be available at the History Comes Alive website when the event starts.


This event is not a costumed performance but will feature audience Q/A. Mary Shelley will be portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak at the HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL (JUNE 9 – 18, 2023).

  • Presented By: Greenville Chautauqua Society
  • Dates: April 18, 2023
  • Location: Hughes Main Library
  • Address: 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone:

    (864) 244-1499

  • Time: 7-8:30 pm
  • Price: Free