This section will explore the concept of animation that emerges as a key theme in Frankenstein. How does animation relate to the fact of listening or witnessing another person/creature’s tale that similarly structures the novel and has become a central mode of engagement for today’s figures of liminality like contemporary refugees? What correlations and differences might we discern between animating a being into life and witnessing or listening to their tale?
The third suggested reading reflects on the classroom as a ‘semi-private room’ and may provide an opportunity for us to think about what we are doing as an intimate, semi-private group in PSL and how that relates to the practice of experimental humanities.
Silvio, Teri. 2010. Animation: The New Performance? Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 20(2):422– 438.
Givoni, Michal. 2016. The Ethics of Witnessing and the Politics of the Governed. In The Care of the Witness. Cambridge University Press, p. 19 – 48.
Manning, Paul. 2018. Spiritualist Signal and Theosophical Noise. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 28(1): 67–92.
Rooney, Ellen. 2002. A Semi-private Room. Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 13(1): 128-156.