Week 5: Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus

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    David Hitchcock
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    Often described, usually inaccurately, as the definitive origin point of modern science fiction, Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein is certainly one of the first explicitly dystopian pieces of fictional imagining in English, and the terrible ends to which conviction and science can be put give the novel much of its incredible emotive power. Since popularised by film and television, Frankenstein has entered modern consciousness as the definitive warning against unheeding pursuit of science, a kind of modern Dr Faust for us all. Most people forget who the true monster actually is in the book though.

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