Frankenstein and STEAM
Essays for Charles E. Robinson
Charles E. Robinson, Professor Emeritus of English at The University of Delaware, definitively transformed study of the novel Frankenstein with his foundational volume The Frankenstein Notebooks and, in nineteenth century studies more broadly, brought heightened attention to the nuances of writing and editing. Frankenstein and STEAM consolidates the generative legacy of his later work on the novel's broad relation to topics in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Seven chapters written by leading and emerging scholars pay homage to Robinson's later perspectives of the novel and a concluding postscript contains remembrances by his colleagues and students. This volume not only makes explicit the question of what it means to be human, a question Robinson invited students and colleagues to examine throughout his career, but it also illustrates the depth of the field and diversity of those who have been inspired by Robinson's work. Frankenstein and STEAM offers direction for continuing scholarship on the intersections of literature, science, and technology.
Published by the University of Delaware Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.
ROBIN HAMMERMAN is a Teaching Associate Professor of Literature and Communications at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Along with Andrew Russell, she is co-editor of Ada’s Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age.
1 Frankenstein, Frankenstein, and the Dream of Science
Susan J. Wolfson
2 Frankenstein Meets the FAANG Five: Figures of Monstrous Technology in Digital Media Discourse
Mark A. McCutcheon
3 “the history of gods”: Singularity and Gender
in Ex Machina
4 “My food is not that of man”: Food as Posthuman Phenomenon
5 Reading Frankenstein’s Ecological Legacy
6 Playing Devil’s Advocate: Defending the Criminal Justice System in Frankenstein
L. Adam Mekler
7 Teaching Frankenstein as Pastiche, Parody, and Adaptation in the General Education Classroom
Postscript: Remembrances of Charles E. Robinson
Notes on Contributors
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