Since the dawn of time when a human first stood up naked and terrified in a hostile environment, he has embarked on an arduous journey of knowledge. Little did he know that it was going to propel him towards the infinite and the divine, leading him to grapple with the concepts of immortality and beyond.
This unshakable momentum – the merciless and fearless urge to change that is within his genes and makes him persistently push the boundaries of his own humanity – continues inexorably, like an invisible thread leading humans throughout thousands of years, until the emergence of rationalism, science and technology opens his eyes to the very existence of this secret urge, this Promethean act, this perpetual dance.

It is this fabulous epic that the Frankenstein Center strives to embed the visitors within.

MARY SHELLEY’S DREAM – The origins of the Frankenstein Center

In 1815, Mary Shelley (1797-1851), an extraordinary young woman aged eighteen, began writing the first science fiction novel: Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus

This revolutionary book would change the world!

In Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, science goes beyond ethical boundaries; driven by hubris, scientific research becomes dangerous: Victor Frankenstein, whose desire is to create a being in the service of humanity, will instead create a monster.
Physically terrifying, Frankenstein’s creature is fascinating for being a replica of man as well as for possessing an inner psyche. Therein Mary SHELLEY opens a chapter of modern psychoanalysis. J.S. DAWLEY has made this Mary SHELLEY’s novel a worldwide bestseller and an inexhaustible source of cultural inspiration, into nearly 135 films since the first adaptation in 1910. A rare case of a classic that is taught at universities whilst enjoying huge popular success – more than 10 million results come up in a Google search – this novel not only evokes our imagination, but its themes have become acutely relevant to our time. The story raises questions about the origin and the future of human beings. It establishes a bridge, a bold opening towards modernity.

The story denounces the terrible risk of reckless excesses, but it also opens a door to the future where last boundary of humans is thrust to infinity.

Is Man a Prometheus unshackled from his chains, a Faust dominated by his desire for power, a Victor Frankenstein whose creature escapes and turns against him?

Is he pre-programmed to indefinitely surpass himself?

Will science and technology transcend mysteries and anxieties that have always plagued humankind?

These various issues, which Mary SHELLEY’s extraordinary intuition makes us discover by penetrating the shadow cast by her creature, represent the founding heritage of Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus.

It is on this unveiled legacy, this fabulous potential that influences our present and already the future, that the genesis and foundations of the Frankenstein Center arise; he analyses it, explains it, and reveals its spectacular implications under the lens of popular culture.

Since the dawn of time when a human first stood up naked and terrified in a hostile environment, he has embarked on an arduous journey of knowledge. Little did he know that it was going to propel him towards the infinite and the divine, leading him to grapple with the concepts of immortality and beyond.
This unshakable momentum – the merciless and fearless urge to change that is within his genes and makes him persistently push the boundaries of his own humanity – continues inexorably, like an invisible thread leading humans throughout thousands of years, until the emergence of rationalism, science and technology opens his eyes to the very existence of this secret urge, this Promethean act, this perpetual dance.

It is this fabulous epic that the Frankenstein Center strives to embed the visitors within.

MARY SHELLEY'S DREAM - The origins of the Frankenstein Center

In 1815, Mary Shelley (1797-1851), an extraordinary young woman aged eighteen, began writing the first science fiction novel: Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus

This revolutionary book would change the world!

In Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, science goes beyond ethical boundaries; driven by hubris, scientific research becomes dangerous: Victor Frankenstein, whose desire is to create a being in the service of humanity, will instead create a monster.
Physically terrifying, Frankenstein’s creature is fascinating for being a replica of man as well as for possessing an inner psyche. Therein Mary SHELLEY opens a chapter of modern psychoanalysis. J.S. DAWLEY has made this Mary SHELLEY’s novel a worldwide bestseller and an inexhaustible source of cultural inspiration, into nearly 135 films since the first adaptation in 1910. A rare case of a classic that is taught at universities whilst enjoying huge popular success – more than 10 million results come up in a Google search – this novel not only evokes our imagination, but its themes have become acutely relevant to our time. The story raises questions about the origin and the future of human beings. It establishes a bridge, a bold opening towards modernity.

The story denounces the terrible risk of reckless excesses, but it also opens a door to the future where last boundary of humans is thrust to infinity.

Is Man a Prometheus unshackled from his chains, a Faust dominated by his desire for power, a Victor Frankenstein whose creature escapes and turns against him?

Is he pre-programmed to indefinitely surpass himself?

Will science and technology transcend mysteries and anxieties that have always plagued humankind?

These various issues, which Mary SHELLEY's extraordinary intuition makes us discover by penetrating the shadow cast by her creature, represent the founding heritage of Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus.

It is on this unveiled legacy, this fabulous potential that influences our present and already the future, that the genesis and foundations of the Frankenstein Center arise; he analyses it, explains it, and reveals its spectacular implications under the lens of popular culture.