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Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds

Mary Shelley, David H. Guston, Ed Finn, and Jason Scott Robert


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has endured in the popular imagination for two hundred years. Begun as a ghost story by an intellectually and socially precocious eighteen-year-old author during a cold and rainy summer on the shores of Lake Geneva, the dramatic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his stitched-together creature can be read as the ultimate parable of scientific hubris. Victor, “the modern Prometheus,” tried to do what he perhaps should have left to Nature: create life. Although the novel is most often discussed in literary-historical terms—as a seminal example of romanticism or as a grou ... More

Keywords: Victor Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Monster, Modern Prometheus, Gothic horror, science fiction, Scientific Responsibility, Ethics, Social Responsibility, Electricity, Nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262533287
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262533287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Shelley, author

David H. Guston, editor
Arizona State University

Ed Finn, editor
Arizona State University

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