The Drupa Prize was awarded “Thesis on Frankenstein”

Drupa Prize Winner Frederick Dunbrook with Wolfram N. © Hijab Riahi

Fredrik Dunbrück receiving her thesis “Frankenstein. In the Making of Imagination” was awarded the Drupa Prize 2022. With this award, Drupa supports outstanding young scholars from the Faculty of Philosophy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf every year.

The Drupa Prize, worth €6000, was presented by Wolfram N. Anja Steinbeck, Dean of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, at a festive ceremony on August 29, 2022 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center.

Dr. Andreas Pleßke, CEO of Koenig & Bauer and Chair of the Drupa Committee, congratulated the winner in a personal video message on her achievement: “I congratulate Fredrik Dunbroek on receiving the DUPPA Award 2022 and agree to the excellent judgment. I am very happy that Druppa is also doing things beyond the printing industry and that our award It fosters special talents in the Faculty of Philosophy.”

Frederick Dunbrook’s thesis, rated cum laude with honors, is dedicated to Professor Dr. Roger Luddick Supervised as PhD Supervisor, Mary Shelley’s Novel Frankenstein (1818) and Selected Amendments. The world-famous story of the young Swiss artist Victor Frankenstein, who created an artificial human, is one of the most famous examples of the genre of horror and fiction that has influenced literature and popular culture alike.

Frederick Dunbrook begins from the observation that the “Frankenstein Knot” – the set of alterations and paraphrases surrounding Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein Collage – characterized by a remarkable coincidence of subject and practice: we are dealing with a story about reproduction that is itself extraordinarily reproductive. The central character – the monster – and the story in which he appears are subject to the same existential process.

Her award-winning work convinces with a highly innovative cultural-theoretical approach and develops a theory of the aesthetic imagination by integrating different disciplinary approaches, according to the Heinrich Heine University Faculty of Philosophy’s justification for its nomination for the Drupa Prize.

About the winner of the drupa award 2022

Fredrik Dunbrück was born in Cologne in 1985. After training as a publishing writer, she has taught German Language and Literature as well as English Studies at the University of Cologne since 2008. In 2015 she successfully completed her MA in both subjects. From 2015 to 2018 she was a fellow at the Graduate School of the German Research Foundation at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. There she received her doctorate at the Philosophical College and completed her thesis “Frankenstein. In the Making of Imagination” in May 2021 after a successful dispute with the general classification Excellent with honors. Friedrich Dunbrück works as a research assistant at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf and lives in Cologne.

About droopa price

Every year since 1978, Messe Düsseldorf has awarded the Druppa Prize, awarded €6000, for an outstanding thesis written at the Faculty of Philosophy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Prize money is used to publish and publish award-winning humanitarian work. A specialized committee consisting of the management and vice-rector of the Heinrich Heine University (HHU) Düsseldorf, the Chairman of the Drupa Committee and the Chairman of the Board of Directors Messe Düsseldorf decides to award the Drupa Prize.

The following drops will take place from May 28 to June 7, 2024 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center. Exhibitors can still register online at until October 31, 2022.


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