Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

by Susan E. Lederer
     
 

As science penetrates the secrets of nature, with each discovery generating new questions, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein will sound its note of warning. Many scientific developments have provoked references to Frankenstein, a story that, for nearly two centuries, has gripped our imaginations and haunted our nightmares. How can society

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As science penetrates the secrets of nature, with each discovery generating new questions, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein will sound its note of warning. Many scientific developments have provoked references to Frankenstein, a story that, for nearly two centuries, has gripped our imaginations and haunted our nightmares. How can society balance the benefits of medical discoveries against the ethical or spiritual questions posed?

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature accompanies a traveling exhibit of the same name. This lavishly illustrated volume begins by highlighting Shelley's novel and the context in which she conceived it. It next focuses on the redefinition of the Frankenstein myth in popular culture. Here, the fate of the monster becomes a moral lesson illustrating the punishment for ambitious scientists who seek to usurp the place of God by creating life. The final section examines the continuing power of the Frankenstein story to articulate present-day concerns raised by new developments in biomedicine such as cloning and xenografting (the use of animal organs in human bodies), and the role scientists and citizens play in determining acceptable limits of scientific and medical advances.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813532004
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Director's Introduction
Prologue
Introduction1
The Birth of Frankenstein3
The Celluloid Monster31
Promise and Peril53
Notes67
Acknowledgments74

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