We discuss the trajectory of public acceptance of the novel Frankenstein. We centered ourselves in the mythic stature reached by the creature and in its role in the popularization of the work. We start from the idea that the novel’s great success was due to the public interest in the monster, and the fact that the work turns to the recreation of life, aspect that historically arises strong interest by equalizing men and gods. We also observe that the Frankenstein creature produces interest by the fact that it brings up questions about the individual, his individuality and relations with the other.

">
 [PCST]
PCST Network

Public Communication of Science and Technology

 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Science, its myths and its monsters

Luiz Teixeira   Casa de Oswaldo Cruz

Lucia Rocque   Instituto Oswalda Cruz

We discuss the trajectory of public acceptance of the novel Frankenstein. We centered ourselves in the mythic stature reached by the creature and in its role in the popularization of the work. We start from the idea that the novel’s great success was due to the public interest in the monster, and the fact that the work turns to the recreation of life, aspect that historically arises strong interest by equalizing men and gods. We also observe that the Frankenstein creature produces interest by the fact that it brings up questions about the individual, his individuality and relations with the other.

[PDF 32.84 kB]Download the full paper (PDF 32.84 kB)

BACK TO TOP