Becoming Frankenstein: On Risky Aspirations

Thursday, January 18, 2018

6:00 pm

Stanford Humanities Center Map

Sponsored by:
Center for Biomedical Ethics, Humanities Center, Continuing Studies, Medicine & the Muse Program in Medical Humanities & the Arts

2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This Pegasus Physician Writers reading will be part of the celebration of this event at Stanford called Frankenstein@200 that is being coordinated by Medicine and the Muse.

Frankenstein has been called the first new myth since ancient times. We all know the story, but in brief, Shelley relates the story of a young medical student who, after a traumatic loss, decides to take up the ultimate challenge of medicine/science, the creation of life from mere matter. He works obsessively, leaving his friends and relations aside, and dedicates himself fully to the task. He constructs an out-sized male body and ultimately succeeds in animating it. Almost immediately, Frankenstein is overwhelmed with disgust with what he has done and seeks to destroy his Creature. However, the Creature survives and haunts Frankenstein who spends the rest of his life trying to destroy him. He does not succeed. The book raises many questions/themes about the relationship among science, technology, medicine, and ethics that remain highly pertinent today.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stanford Humanities Center Map

Free and open to the public


Arts Lecture / Reading Humanities Engineering Science 

General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
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