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Frankenstein's Science : Experimentation and Discovery in Romantic Culture, 1780--1830

Jane R. Goodall (Editor), Christa Knellwolf King (Editor)
"The essays in this volume by leading writers in their fields provide new historical scholarship into areas of science and pseudo-science that generated fierce controversy in Mary Shelley's time: anatomy, electricity, medicine, teratology, Mesmerism, quackery and proto-evolutionary biology." "The collection embraces a multifaceted view of the exciting cultural climate in Britain and Europe from 1780 to 1830. The collection will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars specialising in Romanticism, cultural history, philosophy and the history of science."--Jacket
eBook, English, 2016
Routledge, London, 2016
1 online resource
9781351935845, 9780754654476, 9781351935838, 1351935844, 0754654478, 1351935836
1. Introduction / Christa Knellwolf and Jane Goodall
2. Educating Mary : women and scientific literature in the early nineteenth century / Patricia Fara
3. The professor and the orang-outang : Mary Shelley as a child reader / Judith Barbour
4. Geographic boundaries and inner space : Frankenstein, scientific explorations and the quest for the absolute / Christa Knellwolf
5. Animal experiments and antivivisection debates in the 1820s / Anita Guerrini
6. Monstrous progeny : the teratological tradition in science and literature / Melinda Cooper
7. Shadows of the invisible world : Mesmer, Swedenborg and the spiritualist sciences / Joan Kirkby
8. Electrical romanticism / Jane Goodall
9. Evolution, revolution and Frankenstein's creature / Allan K. Hunter
10. Science as spectacle : electrical showmanship in the English Enlightenment / Ian Jackson
11. Collectors of nature's curiosities : science, popular culture and the rise of natural history museums / Christine Cheater
12. The nightmare of evolution : H.G. Wells, Percival Lowell and the legacies of Frankenstein's science / Robert Markley