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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The advent of this genre can be dated from the first version of Frankenstein (
1931 ) , in which Boris Karloff rocketed to fame as the nameless Monster
produced , as the introduction clearly states , by the “ man of science who sought
to create a ...
Capek also explores the motives of the Rossums , father and son , who have
created the firm designated by the play ' s ... He thus exemplifies the irresponsible
hubris that leads scientists to believe that reason ( science ) is sufficient to create
The parallel with Frankenstein , begged by the Monster to create a mate for him ,
is clear as the play evolves to show that the reckless pursuit of science as an end
in itself leads inevitably to the actual destruction of humanity , a humanity which ...
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