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A monstrous notion

Exhibit on Frankenstein looks at the intersection of scientific knowledge, creative power and human arrogance.

With his flattened pate, horrid scars and a set of neck bolts to keep his head on straight, the monster popularly known as “Frankenstein” is a lurching, grunting, remorseless killer. This image, made famous by a series of 1930s films starring Boris Karloff, can be seen on everything from cereal boxes to postage stamps and has come to represent the notion of science out of control. Any new technology that calls into question our traditional understanding of what it means to be human, from cloning to xenotransplantation, seems inevitably to raise the specter of author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s hideous monster. Nearly two centuries after its creation, Frankenstein continues to haunt us.According to Susan E....

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