Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth

Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth - Popular Culture and Philosophy

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Ever since it was first unleashed in 1818 the story of Victor Frankenstein and his reanimated, stitched-together corpse has inspired intense debate. Can organic life be reanimated using electricity or genetic manipulation? If so, could Frankenstein's monster really teach itself to read and speak as Mary Shelley imagined? Do monsters have rights, or responsibilities to those who would as soon kill them? What is it about music that so affects Frankenstein's monster, or any of us? What does Mel Brook's Frau Blucher say to contemporary eco-feminism? Why are some Frankenstein's flops and others historic successes? Is there a true Frankenstein? Why are children, but not adults, drawn to Shelley's monster? And what is a “monster," anyway? Frankenstein and Philosophy calls 25 philosophers to stitch together these and other questions as they apply to history's greatest horror franchise. Some chapters treat the Frankenstein films, others the original novel, and yet others the many comic books, novels, and modern adaptations. Together they pay tribute to perhaps the most enduring pop culture icon and the fundamental fears, hopes, and puzzles it raises.

Book information

ISBN: 9780812698367
Publisher: Open Court
Imprint: Open Court Publishing Company
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.7
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 444g
Height: 154mm
Width: 229mm
Spine width: 19mm