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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He was the last of the magicians , the last of the Babylonians and Sumerians , the
last great mind which looked out on the visible and intellectual world with the
same eyes as those who began to build our intellectual inheritance rather less
As with Frankenstein , the obverse of Lydgate ' s intellectual passion is a certain
intellectual arrogance and scorn for the second - rate . Lydgate takes no trouble
to conceal his contempt for the backward medical practices of Middlemarch ...
As with so much science fiction , the interest of the story lies in the intellectual
game of inventing a new idea , and the only struggle depicted is the external one
of individual heroes battling an evil monolithic authority . The Scientist as
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The Scientist under Scrutiny
The Scientist as Hero
The Impersonal Scientist
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