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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Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature Roslynn D. Haynes,
Roslynn Haynes. CHAPTER FIVE ARROGANT AND GODLESS : SCIENTISTS IN
EIGHTEENTH - CENTURY SATIRE We nobly take the high Priori Road , And
... and inhumanity contingent upon the passionless state of the Houyhnhnms ,
motivated by pure reason and impervious to emotional considerations , a view
that was to be developed extensively by the Romantic writers of the next century .
One of the few specifically Puritan societies in the seventeenth century - colonial
New England - had no extraordinary commitment to science and this is equally
true of the most characteristic , clerical wing of English Puritanism ” ( Science and
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