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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The circumstances of the composition of Frankenstein , as described by Mary
Shelley in her introduction to the 1831 edition , are almost as well known as the
story itself and have themselves inspired other fictional accounts , including a film
This latter story describes a world in which virtually the whole population of the
earth lives underground , totally dependent on the Machine for their survival . “
The Machine develops — but not on our lines . The Machine proceeds — but not
The emotions , the soul , and psychological states were also fair stakes in the
fashionable game of hunt - the - mechanism . Edward Bellamy ' s short story “ Dr .
Heidenhoff ' s Process " ( 1880 ) describes a procedure , analogous to hypnotism
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