Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Bi-Centennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Scholars and an artist from diverse fields gather for contemporary views of Frankenstein, the first science fiction novel, written by Mary Shelley while in her teens. Tonight’s program focuses on gender, race and sex role subversion in the novel and James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein.
Erin Hamer-Beck Liberal Arts
Sex Role Subversion in Bride of Frankenstein
Eleanor Lim-Midyett Liberal Arts
Gender inequality and racism in the novel
Nick deKrafft Artist
God Made Man Beautiful
Hamer-Beck’s panel discussion will examine the construction of horror through the social anxiety of gender roles, racism, and manufactured sexuality in the classic 1935 film, Bride of Frankenstein.
Erin Hamer-Beck is an adjunct instructor with the Kansas City Art Institute, University of Missouri – Kansas City, Washburn University, and Metropolitan Community College. She received her MA in Theatre and Film from the University of Kansas and her MFA in screenwriting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hamer-Beck has taught academic and creative writing, screenwriting, and film studies since 2014. She is a co-presenter with the Cinephiles on KCUR. Her short screenplay “Jukebox Baby and the Luxury Bombshells” won Best Heartland Screenplay and Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Kansas City Film Festival, she has worked as a journalist for the Kansas City Star, and she is a screenwriting mentor for Kansas City Women in Film and TV. Her First-Year Seminar course at KCAI focuses on depictions of the antihero in literature and all forms of media. For years, she has been fascinated by and in love with the film, Bride of Frankenstein.
Lim-Midyett’s panel discussion will focus on how Shelley’s work, although not readily apparent, critiques 19th century gender inequality and racism through the interactions between her main characters.
Eleanor Lim-Midyett received her B.A. degree in English Literature from Georgetown University and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in East Asian Languages and Literatures from Yale University. She was also a writer for A Magazine: Inside Asian America and a contributor to Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture. She has taught courses on Gender Studies, Asian American Studies and Chinese studies at the Kansas City Art Institute since 1994. She is currently the History of Thought coordinator in the Liberal Arts Department at KCAI. Her classes include Topics in Gender Studies: Constructing the Woman Warrior and In Search of Other Mothers’ Gardens which focuses on the literatures of Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison. She is passionate about promoting gender equality and diversity and inclusion. Her interest in Shelley’s Frankenstein began with her research on Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley’s feminist mother.