Frankenstein : A Cultural History

Frankenstein : A Cultural History

Description

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.


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Details

Author(s)
Susan Tyler Hitchcock
Format
Hardback | 400 pages
Dimensions
150 x 216 x 30mm | 550g
Publication date
30 May 2008
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0393061442
ISBN13
9780393061444
Bestsellers rank
810,235