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A Cultural History

Book - 2007
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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: New York : W.W. Norton, c2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393061444
Branch Call Number: 823.7 HITCHCOCK
Characteristics: 392 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.


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Jan 30, 2020

"Fee! Fye! Foe! Fum!!"

Through film, literature, history, science, and, yes, even punk music - This book offers the reader a nearly 200-year cultural overview of the creation of the Frankenstein monster (who is a fearsome, brain-damaged creature that has undoubtedly proven to be the source of many people's most feared nightmares of all).

Intelligently written by American author, Susan Hitchcock - "Frankenstein - A Cultural History" breathes new life into this man-made monster and this, in turn, is sure to be a fairly engaging read for those who prefer things strange and quirky.

Jan 28, 2020

Including a number of illustrations to help bolster up its brisk-paced narration - This cultural history of a man-made monster (created by Dr. Frankenstein) covers nearly 200 years of continual fascination with this repeatedly retold and reinterpreted tale of science of the most diabolical kind.

"Frankenstein - A Cultural History" was an in-depth research project carried out by American author, Susan Hitchcock who has been collecting Frankensteinian memorabilia for 20 years now.


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