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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to human behavior — have been particularly important signifiers in literature of
the values and attitudes ascribed to their ... it is suggested , see no problem in
creating mechanical men , because they themselves have lost their humanity .
Eventually the robots revolt against their ineffectual masters and kill every human
being except one , who is spared only ... leads inevitably to the actual destruction
of humanity , a humanity which , Capek suggests , has been effectively sterile ...
11 Allegedly " concerned . . . about the improvement of the human race " ( 109 ) ,
Preobrazhensky , like his precursor Frankenstein , is sure that his attempts to
usurp the role of Creator and change the nature of living things are both justified
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