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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22 Only occasionally are the evil scientist and the noble hero combined in the
one person , as in the German novelist Bernhard Kellermann ' s Der Tunnel (
1913 ) , an interesting novel that juxtaposes with the heroic scientist many of the ...
At the most basic level , evil characters in fiction are simply more interesting than
morally impeccable ones ; but a network of other reasons became particularly
pertinent at this time . As we saw in chapter 8 , one common pattern of response
He and his colleagues cannot resist the temptation to develop ideas even when
they are clearly evil . " 13 Thus the scientists are seen as fallible mortals ,
pretentiously engaged on a project far beyond their capabilities , unaware of their
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