From Faust to Strangelove: Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature
They were mad, of course. Or evil. Or godless, amoral, arrogant, impersonal, and inhuman. At best, they were well-intentioned but blind to the dangers of forces they barely controlled. They were Faust and Frankenstein, Jekyll and Moreau, Caligari and Strangelove--the scientists of film and fiction, cultural archetypes that reflected ancient fears of tampering with the unknown or unleashing the little-understood powers of nature.
In From Faust to Strangelove Roslyn Haynes offers the first detailed and comprehensive study of the image of the scientist in Western literature and film--from medieval images of alchemists to present-day depictions of cyberpunks and genetic engineers.
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Scientists against Authority Many of the troubled scientists in the literature written
during and after the Second World War are struggling for control , not against
their inventions , but against powerful authorities who demand their allegiance
frequently shown defending ideals that were in conflict with those of his society ,
and although he might retain a moral advantage , he was rarely seen as
achieving a significant victory over the authorities . In the Germany of this period it
simply as Authority . ... to treat a matter like Galileo ' s fight for freedom of research
as a religious one ; for thereby attention would be most unhappily deflected from
present - day reactionary authorities of a totally unecclesiastical kind " ( 342 ) .
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The Scientist under Scrutiny
The Scientist as Hero
The Impersonal Scientist
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