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The Prometheus Paradox: How Monsters Make Us Human

Dr. Tom Nurmi, Assistant Professor, English, Montana State University Billings

To commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this lecture explores the legacies of the novel’s often-overlooked subtitle – The Modern Prometheus – to consider why the Prometheus myth is so enduring in the history of literature and film. What might Prometheus teach us about being human in a rapidly changing technological age?

Dr. Tom Nurmi is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages at MSU Billings, where he teaches American and world literatures as well as courses for the Environmental Studies and Native American Studies & programs. Professor Nurmi specializes in nineteenth-century American literature, and his most recent book, Melville and Ecology, is forthcoming in 2020 from the University of Virginia Press.