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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

September 2002

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: Does Mary Shelley's gothic horror novel Frankenstein have themes that are relevant to today's workplace?

Answer: As part of Cornell's First-Year Book Project, all first-year students at Cornell, plus many other community members, are reading Shelly's classic gothic horror novel, Frankenstein, in preparation for a series of panels, talks, seminars--and more.

Stuart Basefsky, Information Specialist, Reference Services and Director, Institute for Workplace Studies News Bureau, has published an online guide, "Guide to Frankenstein: Workplace Themes & Sources for Discussion," which is a brief collection of links designed to engage readers in a discussion of how the themes in the novel have workplace relevance.

Several other general websites have been created around the Book Project, the New Student Book Project site includes a comprehensive listing.

— Researched by mjn3