Frankenstein

Frankenstein

by Sidney Perkowitz

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Overview

The tale of a tormented creature created in a laboratory began on a rainy night in 1816 in the imagination of a nineteen-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Since its publication two years later, Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus has spread around the globe through every possible medium and variation. Frankenstein has not been out of print once in 200 years. “Frankenstein” has become an indelible part of popular culture, and is shorthand for anything bizarre and human-made; for instance, genetically modified crops are “Frankenfood.”Conversely, Frankenstein’s monster has also become a benign Halloween favorite. Yet for all its long history, Frankenstein's central premise—that science, not magic or God, can create a living being, and thus these creators must answer for their actions as humans, not Gods—is most relevant today as scientists approach creating synthetic life.In its popular and cultural weight and its expression of the ethical issues raised by the advance of science, physicist Sidney Perkowitz and film expert Eddy von Muller have brought together scholars and scientists, artists and directions—including Mel Brooks—to celebrate and examine Mary Shelley’s marvelous creation and its legacy as the monster moves into his next century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681776972
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 26 MB
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About the Author

Sidney Perkowitz is a professor emeritus at Emory University. He is the author of Empire of Light and Universal Foam and has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Discover, Physics World, Aeon and more. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Two Hundred Years of Frankenstein ix

PART ONE: THE ROOTS AND THEMES OF FRANKENSTEIN 1

1 “Hideous Progeny”: Telling a Tale of Monsters in Frankenstein

by Catherine Ross Nickerson 5

2 Franklin to Frankenstein

by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham 16

3 Frankenstein: Representing the Emotions of Unwanted Creatures

by Laura Otis 18

4 Who Is a Monster, When?

by Steven J. Kraftchick 38

PART TWO: THE MONSTER, THE MEDIA, AND THE MARKETPLACE 61

5 Frankenstein at the Boundaries of Life, Death, and Film

by Evan Lieberman 67

6 Frankenstein, Young and Old: An Interview with Mel Brooks

by Kevin LaGrandeur 84

7 Since Frankenstein: Experimental Science and Experimental Film

by Alexis Gambis 105

8 Life After Death: A Love Story, “When Fargo Met Holly”

by Jaime Paglia 116

9 Monster No More: A Conversation with the Creators of Penny Dreadful and I, Frankenstein

by Eddy Von Mueller 126

10 The Face of the Fiend: Media, Industry, and the Evolving Image of Frankenstein’s Monster

by Eddy Von Mueller 136

11 Frankenstein’s Creatures: The Pleasures of Toys, Games, and Costumes

by Carol Colatrella 162

PART THREE: THE CHALLENGES OF FRANKENSTEIN: SCIENCE AND ETHICS 177

12 Frankenstein and Synthetic Life: Fiction, Science, and Ethics

by Sidney Perkowitz 181

13 What Would Mary Shelley Say Today?

by Jay Goodwin and David Lynn 205

Epilogue: The Next Two Hundred Years of Frankenstein 217

Editors, Contributors, and Interviewees 221

Bibliographies, Filmographies, and Notes 227

Acknowledgments 239

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