How did monsters help unlock the secrets of life?

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• Starts Aug 24, 6:00PM

How did monsters help unlock the secrets of life?

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Register before Aug 24

Date and time

Aug 24, 6:00PM - Aug 24, 7:30PM




Academia & Research


Science & Healthcare


Monsters have existed in literature and science for centuries, but they're more than just a source of fear. They also act as a crucial key to unlocking the mysteries of life.

Join Professor of Victorian Literature, Andrew Mangham, as he traces the development of the idea of monsters from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Comte de Buffon's natural history, and Hugo de Vries' mutation theory.

Discover how these ground-breaking thinkers challenged traditional notions of normality and helped lay the foundation for modern biology and genetics. Uncover the connections between literature, science, and the changing perception of monsters, and how this sheds light on the significance of body difference and diversity in the natural world. And do it all in the very same Theatre where Mary Shelley got ideas for her seminal book!

Through his in-depth analysis of the works of these innovative thinkers, Andrew reveals the transformative power of monsters and their role in shaping our understanding of life.


  • Theatre audience: £16/£10,
  • Ri Members or Ri Patrons: £7
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