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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Set in Europe near the end of the Second World War , Gravity ' s Rainbow uses
the contemporary sociopolitical breakdown as a symbol of the fragmentation that
characterizes twentieth - century thought . The symbol of the new order is the V ...
Because it could be thought . Everything that can be thought is thought of some
time or other . Now or in the future " ( 50 ) . Thus the physicists are too late in their
decision to assume responsibility . Möbius admits , “ What was once thought can
As Gilly says , “ A thought is a thought . You can ' t not have it ” ( 21 ) . Brenton
presents this ... We ' re never going to dig that knowledge out of our lives , out of
our thoughts , out of our machines . ( 22 , 37 ) All the works discussed so far in
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The Scientist under Scrutiny
The Scientist as Hero
The Impersonal Scientist
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