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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Despite the similarity of scientific knowledge throughout Western Europe , the
attitudes towards science and scientists adopted by Romantic writers show
national variations . Basic to the relationship of Romanticism with the sciences in
For writers with a humanities background , the authorial voice is invariably critical
, usually satirical . On the other hand , the robot stories of writers who have come
to fiction from a career in science are usually markedly different in tone .
Heinrich Schirmbeck The preceding four chapters have sufficiently indicated the
low esteem in which scientists have been held by most twentieth - century writers
with a background in the humanities . With the exception of the superficial ...
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The Scientist under Scrutiny
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