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12:15-12:45 Thursday 27th August – The Modern Prometheus

August 21, 2015

Eleanor OKell explores the meanings and resonances of the myth of Prometheus in the modern era, taking as her title the much-discussed subtitle of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein of 1818. The talk will focus on two aspects of Promethean myth – stealing fire from the gods and playing a role in the creation of mankind – and the way these are referenced in literary fiction, film/TV and comics in ways that have become increasingly linked with both scientific endeavour and the dangers of its unconsidered use. Examples include: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series, Ridley Scott’s film Prometheus and Chris Carter’s X-Files episode, and Alan Moore’s Promethea.

The talk will take place on the Ancient Worlds Gallery (top floor) of Leeds City Museum.

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