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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Several of the writers whose work is discussed in this chapter had some personal
acquaintance with actual scientists , and certainly Charles Kingsley , Elizabeth
Gaskell , George Eliot , and Thomas Hardy took the trouble to acquire a working ...
Both are important symbols in the analysis of the technological society , and both
feature largely in the presentation of the scientists discussed in this chapter .
Amoral scientists in fiction are drawn largely from the ranks of biologists (
5 In many of the works discussed in this chapter , robots provide such an
important symbol that if they had not been actualized , writers would have had to
invent them . Essentially this is what Karel Capek did in R . U . R . , giving the
world the ...
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