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Frankenstein : a cultural history

Author: Susan Tyler Hitchcock
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Frankenstein began as the nightmare of an unwed teenage mother in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1816. At a time when the moral universe was shifting and advances in scientific knowledge promised humans dominion over that which had been God's alone, Mary Shelley envisioned a story of human presumption and its misbegotten consequences. Two centuries later, that story is still constantly retold and reinterpreted, from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Frankenstein, Romanfigur.; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Tyler Hitchcock
ISBN: 9780393061444 0393061442
OCLC Number: 144773881
Description: 392 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Conception --
Birth and lineage --
Reception and revision --
The monster lives on --
Making more monsters --
A monster for modern times --
A brave new world of monsters --
The horror and the humor --
Monsters in the living room --
Taking the monster seriously --
The monster and his myth today.
Responsibility: Susan Tyler Hitchcock.
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Frankenstein began as the nightmare of an unwed teenage mother in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1816. At a time when the moral universe was shifting and advances in scientific knowledge promised humans dominion over that which had been God's alone, Mary Shelley envisioned a story of human presumption and its misbegotten consequences. Two centuries later, that story is still constantly retold and reinterpreted, from Halloween cartoons to ominous allusions in the public debate, capturing and conveying meaning central to our consciousness today and our concerns for tomorrow. From Victorian musical theater to Boris Karloff with neck bolts, to invocations at the President's Council on Bioethics, the monster and his myth have inspired everyone from cultural critics to comic book addicts. This is a lively and eclectic cultural history, illuminated with dozens of pictures and illustrations, and told with skill and humor. Susan Tyler Hitchcock uses film, literature, history, science, and even punk music to help us understand the meaning of this monster made by man. --Publisher.

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