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Why Literature Matters

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Savannah Robar

on 28 April 2014

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Asset or Liability?
Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Beyond Romanticism
Desire for knowledge
Scientific research
Literature & Science

Lessons from Mary Shelley
and Robert Stevenson

Published in 1818
Romantic period-following many scientific discoveries
Galvani-experimented with the effects of electricity on the muscles of animals
Aldini-experimented with galvansim using human corpses
Frankenstein-used electricity and human remains for self-fulfillment
"Author of evil"
Duty to society
Images of horror
Double-edged sword exposed
Published in 1886
Victorian period following era of individualism & self-exploration
Theme of science still relevant
Thirst for knowledge
Creative & destructive power
Good & evil
Tragic end
"Undermine God"
Responsibility to Society
Danger and achievements
Change in science=change in literature
British Literature
Responsibility, not selfishness
Avoid unfortunate consequences
Beyond Victoriansim
Designing and creating human life
Double-edged sword
Superior characteristics vs. flawed characteristics
"Deaf Lesbians"
Question of ethics and responsibilities
Self or society
Navigating the unknown
Manhattan Project
Alfred Nobel
Audience & perspective
Works Cited

Aldini video clip. <

Atomic bomb explosion picture. <http://www.imageof.net/wallpaper/Atomic-Bomb-Explosion/>.

Blackford, Russell. "Dr. Frankenstein Meets Lord Devlin: Genetic Engineering And The Principle Of Intangible Harm." Monist 89.4 (2006): 526-547. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.

Dawson, Gowan. "Literature and Science Under The Microscope." Journal Of Victorian Culture. 11.2 (2006): 301-315. Academic Search Complete. Web. 20 Mar. 2014.

"Design Your Own Baby: Patent Granted." YouTube. 02 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. <

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde book cover. <http://pulpfictioncoffeehouse.com/portfolio/dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde/>.

Frankenstein book cover. <http://frankensteinia.blogspot.com/2007_08_01_archive.html>.

Frankenweenie video clip. <

"Giovanni Aldini." Corrosion Doctors. Kingston Technical Software. Web. 19 Feb 2014. <http://corrosion-doctors.org/Biographies/AldiniBio.htm>.

Isaacson, Walter. "Chain Reaction: From Einstein to the Atomic Bomb." Discover Magazine. (2008): Web. 19 Feb. 2014. <http://discovermagazine.com/2008/mar/18-chain-reaction-from-einstein-to-the-atomic-bomb>.

"Luigi Galvani." Magnet Lab. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Web. 19 Feb 2014. <http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/tutorials/pioneers/galvani.html>.

Ronstand quote clipart.

Savulescu, Julian. "Deaf Lesbians, ‘Designer Disability,’ and the Future of Medicine." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 05 Oct. 2002. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Susan J. Wolfson. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. 2nd ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007. Print.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1886. Print.

Tagill, Sven. "Alfred Nobel's Alfred Nobel's Thoughts about War and Peace." Nobel Prize. 20 Nov 1998. Web. 19 Feb 2014. <http://www.nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/biographical/articles/tagil/>.
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