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The Resource Making the monster : the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Kathryn Harkup

Making the monster : the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Kathryn Harkup

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Making the monster : the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Title
Making the monster
Title remainder
the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn Harkup
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The year 1818 saw the publication of one of the most influential science-fiction stories of all time. Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley had a huge impact on gothic horror and science fiction genres. The name Frankenstein has become part of our everyday language, often used in derogatory terms to describe scientists who have overstepped a perceived moral line. But how did a 19-year-old woman with no formal education come up with the idea for an extraordinary novel such as Frankenstein? The period of 1790?1820 saw huge advances in our understanding of electricity and physiology. Sensational science demonstrations caught the imagination of the general public, and newspapers were full of tales of murderers and resurrectionists. It is unlikely that Frankenstein would have been successful in his attempts to create life back in 1818. However, advances in medical science mean we have overcome many of the stumbling blocks that would have thwarted his ambition. We can resuscitate people using defibrillators, save lives using blood transfusions, and prolong life through organ transplants--these procedures are nowadays considered almost routine. Many of these modern achievements are a direct result of 19th century scientists conducting their gruesome experiments on the dead. Making the Monster explores the science behind Shelley's book. From tales of reanimated zombie kittens to electrical experiments on human cadavers, Kathryn Harkup examines the science and scientists that influenced Mary Shelley and inspired her most famous creation, Victor Frankenstein. While, thankfully, we are still far from being able to recreate Victor's "creature," scientists have tried to create the building blocks of life, and the dream of creating life-forms from scratch is now tantalizingly close
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BTCTA
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Harkup, Kathryn
Dewey number
823/.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5397.F73
LC item number
H37 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Bloomsbury Sigma series
Series volume
book 31
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  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Frankenstein, Victor
  • Frankenstein's Monster
  • Frankenstein, Victor
  • Frankenstein's Monster
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Shelley, Mary
  • Shelley, Mary
  • Literature and science
  • Science fiction, English
  • Horror tales, English
  • Science in literature
  • Scientists in literature
  • Monsters in literature
  • Science
  • Nonfiction
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • SCIENCE / History
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Horror tales, English
  • Literature and science
  • Monsters in literature
  • Science
  • Science fiction, English
  • Science in literature
  • Scientists in literature
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Science and literature
  • Great Britain
Label
Making the monster : the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Kathryn Harkup
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http://firstsearch.oclc.org/WebZ/DECRead?standardNoType=1&standardNo=1472933737&sessionid=0&srcdbname=worldcat&key=4cd37a03e4ae4fb01512b803909efd20bb7ce0dbd22e7e53d38c496a9577ce25&ectype=MOREINFO
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Note
"From the author of A is for Arsenic"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-296) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
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Contents
part 1. Conception. Enlightenment ; Development ; Elopement ; Nascent -- part 2. Creation. Education ; Inspiration ; Collection ; Preservation ; Construction ; Electrification ; Reanimation -- part 3. Birth. Life ; Death -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Timeline of events
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9781472933744
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • ocn982650868
  • (OCoLC)982650868
Label
Making the monster : the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Kathryn Harkup
Link
http://firstsearch.oclc.org/WebZ/DECRead?standardNoType=1&standardNo=1472933737&sessionid=0&srcdbname=worldcat&key=4cd37a03e4ae4fb01512b803909efd20bb7ce0dbd22e7e53d38c496a9577ce25&ectype=MOREINFO
Publication
Copyright
Note
"From the author of A is for Arsenic"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
part 1. Conception. Enlightenment ; Development ; Elopement ; Nascent -- part 2. Creation. Education ; Inspiration ; Collection ; Preservation ; Construction ; Electrification ; Reanimation -- part 3. Birth. Life ; Death -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Timeline of events
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9781472933744
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn982650868
  • (OCoLC)982650868

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