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The Journey of the Mute Frankenstein of Thomas Potter Cooke: Towards a Language for a New Science (2019)


In 1923 at the Royal Theatre English Opera House of London the journey of the mute Frankenstein of Thomas Potter Cook started. On that stage the creature born from the encounter between science and romantic genius definitively lost his voice to progressively assume more and more the appearance of a body that speaks for itself, beyond literary fact, and above all beyond verbal language. If in the novel by Mary Shelley the acquisition of a language is the main tool of identity emancipation for the indefinable product of contemporary scientific culture, on stage the actor Cooke, who played that silent character 365 times, laid the foundations for one of the myths of modernity. The article questions the way in which the creature of Dr. Victor Frankenstein erupted into the European popular culture of the 1820s, contributing on the one hand to preparing public imagination for the debate on Darwinism that would take place forty years later; revealing on the other a new fundamental aesthetic perception, because the discoveries of the new sciences (chemistry, physics, physiology, etc.) became a common experience that can be found empirically.

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Authors & Contributors
Di Giacomo, Giuseppe
Vincenti, Denise
Parent, André
Cambiaghi, Marco
Francesca Ripamonti
Beneduce, Chiara
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Medicina Historica
Geographia antiqua
European Physical Journal H
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Stanford University Press
University of Washington Press
Science History Publications
Firenze University Press
Science and art
Science and literature
Wright, Joseph
Volta, Alessandro
Verne, Jules
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
Maxwell, James Clerk
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
Early modern
United States
North America

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