King Institute Speaker Christina Bieber Lake Marks 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein on Oct. 29
Lake is the Clyde S. Kilby professor of English at Wheaton College, where she teaches classes in contemporary American literature and literary theory. On Monday, Oct. 29, she will present “Frankenfunked: Why We Shouldn’t Do Something Just Because We Can” at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel on the Bristol campus. That evening, Lake will present “Will the Real Monster Please Stand Up? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200” at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library, located at 701 Goode St., Bristol, Virginia.
“Two centuries after it first appeared, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein still captivates us with its chilling tale, as well as the moral questions that it raises,” said Martin Dotterweich, director of Faith and Learning at King. “To mark the bicentennial of its publication, we are delighted to welcome Christina Bieber Lake, whose scholarship has focused on the ways that literature tells us about being human. Her perspective on the legacy of Frankenstein will also lead us into questions about science, technology, and faith which are integral to the mission of the King Institute for Faith and Culture.”
In addition to her work on Shelley, Lake is a frequent contributor to scholarly work on Flannery O’Connor, and her book “The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor” describes how that iconic author’s unique aesthetic defies the Gnostic dualisms that characterize American intellectual and spiritual life. Bieber’s forthcoming work, “Beyond the Story: American Fiction and the Limits of Materialism,” argues that contemporary American storytelling is an act of love for persons who inherently resist scientific naturalism’s account of human experience.
In 2014, Lake was awarded the Aldersgate Prize by the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University for integrative scholarship, and the Catholic Press Association’s Book Award in the Faith and Science category for her second book, “Prophets of the Posthuman: American Fiction, Biotechnology and the Ethics of Personhood.” Lake’s presentation will be complemented with the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire’s “The Monster on the Airwaves: Radio Adaptations of Frankenstein” presentation by Christopher Slaughter, associate professor of theatre at King, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Bristol Public Library. For the complete schedule and more information on each speaker, click here or www.facebook.com/kingfaithandculture, email email@example.com or call 423.652.4157.
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