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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 been 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 groundbreaking early work of science fiction -- Mary Shelley was keenly aware of contemporary scientific developments and incorporated them into her story. In our era of synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and climate engineering, this edition of Frankenstein will resonate forcefully for readers with a background or interest in science and engineering, and anyone intrigued by the fundamental questions of creativity and responsibility. This edition of Frankenstein pairs the original 1818 version of the manuscript -- meticulously line-edited and amended by Charles E. Robinson, one of the world's preeminent authorities on the text -- with annotations and essays by leading scholars exploring the social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity raised by this remarkable story. The result is a unique and accessible edition of one of the most thought-provoking and influential novels ever written.Essays byElizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow, Heather E. Douglas, Josephine Johnson, Kate MacCord, Jane Maienschein, Anne K. Mellor, Alfred Nordmann

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedications
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Editors' Preface
  2. David H. Guston, Ed Finn, and Jason Scott Robert
  3. pp. xi-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Charles E. Robinson
  3. pp. xxiii-xxxvii
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  1. Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus
  1. Vol. 1
  2. pp. 1-69
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  1. Vol. 2
  2. pp. 70-125
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  1. Vol. 3
  2. pp. 126-188
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  1. Introduction to Frankenstein (1831)
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. Chronology of Science and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  2. pp. 195-198
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  1. Essays
  1. Traumatic Responsibility: Victor Frankenstein as Creator and Casualty
  2. Josephine Johnston
  3. pp. 201-208
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  1. I've Created a Monster! (And So Can You)
  2. Cory Doctorow
  3. pp. 209-214
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  1. Changing Conceptions of Human Nature
  2. Jane Maienschein and Kate Maccord
  3. pp. 215-222
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  1. Undisturbed by Reality: Victor Frankenstein's Technoscientific Dream of Reason
  2. Alfred Nordmann
  3. pp. 223-230
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  1. Frankenstein Reframed: Or, the Trouble with Prometheus
  2. Elizabeth Bear
  3. pp. 231-238
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  1. Frankenstein, Gender, and Mother Nature
  2. Anne K. Mellor
  3. pp. 239-246
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  1. The Bitter Aftertaste of Technical Sweetness
  2. Heather E. Douglas
  3. pp. 247-252
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. References
  2. pp. 255-260
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 261-262
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  1. Discussion Questions
  2. pp. 263-274
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 275-282
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780262340267
Related ISBN
9780262533287
MARC Record
OCLC
985460742
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-13
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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