From neuroscience and blood transfusions to hypnotism and phonograph recordings, Stoker’s Dracula is as much a chronicle of scientific, medical, and technological advances as it is the tale of the monster that threatens it all. Courtesy of The Rosenbach.
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia presents Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science, an exhibition highlighting Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula—two seminal Gothic works that probe the intersection of scientific literature and social anxieties. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, the exhibition will include manuscripts from Oxford University's Bodleian Library, notes Stoker made while writing Dracula, and cross-disciplinary materials from the American Philosophical Society, Chemical Heritage Foundation, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Visitors will be able to access an interactive portal to the Frankenstein Digital Museum, an international project documenting the continuing influence of and the novel's appropriation during times of apprehension prompted by scientific advancements.