Adventures in Reading


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Bride of Frankenstein
The fact that “bride of frankenstein” has somewhat regularly appeared on my list of search engine terms (77 times at least!) can only mean one thing: there is not nearly enough material out there on her! My Frankenstein information is limited to Susan Tyler Hitchcock’s Frankenstein: A Cultural History. However, for you film buffs there is some interesting tidbits from the 1935 filming of The Bride of Frankenstein: the actress Elsa Lanchester played both Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and the monster bride. It’s also entirely her hair combed over a metal cage.

Rococo Art
“Rococo” has appeared roughly 1,000 times, which is pretty sweet. Rococo art is one of my favorite periods of art though it’s often looked over as being over decorative and certainly careless of the political and social stresses of the period it developed in. One commonly discussed painting from the period is Fragonard’s The Swing.

Madame Bovary
I read Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert a few months ago and it was phenomenal. It’s a beautifully written novel and one I greatly enjoyed.