Frankenstein’s 200th birthday is here – celebrate at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 pm with Professor Raymond Boisvert, who has been studying the history and philosophy of the story. Frankenstein needs no introduction. He’s been in films, on cereal boxes, on tv, in cartoons, songs and advertisements. Quite an achievement for his author, 19-year-old Mary Shelley. Dr. Raymond Boisvert’s presentation will be a reflection on themes specific to the novel, themes that do not always survive when the novel is adapted for stage or screen: letter writing, the desire to cheat death, creating life without women.
Raymond D. Boisvert, a Lewiston native, holds a philosophy PhD from Emory University and taught for 34 years at Siena College, outside Albany, NY. He has written on American Philosophy (Dewey’s Metaphysics, Fordham U. Press, John Dewey: Re-Thinking our Time, State University of New York Press,) and the Philosophy of Food (I Eat, Therefore I Think, Rowman and Littlefield, and Philosophers at Table, Reaktion books [co-author Lisa Heldke]).
Recently, in light of its 200th publication anniversary, he has focused on Frankenstein, leading commemoration activities at Siena College, producing an academic minute piece on NPR, and publishing a forthcoming article “Frankenstein and Moral Philosophy” in the magazine Philosophy Now.