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Frankenstein, Creation and Monstrosity by Stephen Bann
Book DescriptionThis title includes essays by Elisabeth Bronfen, Crosbie Smith, Ludmilla Jordanova, Louis James, Michael Fried, Michael Grant, Jasia Reichardt, Robert Olorenshaw and Jean-Louis Schefer. Some of the most significant currents in modern intellectual and cultural history pass by way of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818). By choosing in her book as a guiding theme the idea of the scientist who creates a monster, she both revives for the Romantic period the traditional link between scientific experiment and natural magic, and makes her own contribution to the debate on the difference between 'creation' and 'production' that was flourishing among the natural scientists of her time. Frankenstein thus signals a remarkable integration of the broad issues of contemporary science and culture within the form of a popular fiction. In this way, it stands at the head of a productive tendency which is marked, over the coming century, by related works like Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and H. G. Wells' "The Island of Doctor Moreau". Common to all these works is a fascination with the ethics of creation, and the phenomenon of monstrosity, which provokes interesting questions about the place of the monster in Western visual culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780948462603
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 23-Nov-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Stephen Bann
Poetry movement, and has published many volumes of poetry, and essays on poetics. Stephen Bann is Professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of Bristol and has published widely in the field of contemporary art. He is co-editor of Interpreting Contemporary Art (Reaktion, 1991), and Vera Rohm (Reaktion, 1994), and author of Romanticism and the Rise of History (1995) and Paul Delaroche: History Painted (Reaktion, 1997).
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