Article ID: CBB450617852

Fictional Science and Genre: Ectogenesis and Parthenogenesis at Mid-Century (2019)


Little-known literary treatments of the artificial creation of human life appear at mid-century, two generations before Shelley's Frankenstein. These works reveal complex responses to new experiments in the life sciences, despite their satirical elements, and they also allow glimpses into early generic formations before the existence of a ‘science fiction'.

Included in

Article Darren N. Wagner; Joanna Wharton (2019) The Sexes and the Sciences. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (pp. 399-413). unapi

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Book Lester D. Friedman; Allison B. Kavey; (2016)
Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives (/isis/citation/CBB423366579/) unapi

Article Laan, J. M. van der; (2010)
Frankenstein as Science Fiction and Fact (/isis/citation/CBB001034416/) unapi

Book Hitchcock, Susan Tyler; (2007)
Frankenstein: A Cultural History (/isis/citation/CBB000774270/) unapi

Article Fara, Patricia; (2007)
Hidden Depths: Halley, Hell and Other People (/isis/citation/CBB000830325/) unapi

Book Knellwolf, Christa; Goodall, Jane R.; (2008)
Frankenstein's Science: Experimentation and Discovery in Romantic Culture, 1780--1830 (/isis/citation/CBB000774594/) unapi

Book Mary Shelley; David H. Guston; Ed Finn; Jason Scott Robert; (2017)
Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds (/isis/citation/CBB503757588/) unapi

Book Page, Michael R.; (2012)
The Literary Imagination from Erasmus Darwin to H.G. Wells: Science, Evolution, and Ecology (/isis/citation/CBB001320100/) unapi

Book Aït-Touati, Frédérique; (2011)
Fiction of the Cosmos: Science and Literature in the Seventeenth Century (/isis/citation/CBB001221155/) unapi

Thesis Seligo, Carlos R.; (1996)
The origin of science fiction in the monsters of botany: Carolus Linnaeus, Erasmus Darwin, Mary Shelley (/isis/citation/CBB001565697/) unapi

Thesis Hadley, Matthew James; (2013)
Laboratory Literature: Science and Fiction in the Place of Production (/isis/citation/CBB001567466/) unapi

Book Vanessa Heggie; (2019)
Higher and Colder: A History of Extreme Physiology and Exploration (/isis/citation/CBB963440719/) unapi

Book Bruno J. Strasser; (2019)
Collecting Experiments: Making Big Data Biology (/isis/citation/CBB580929859/) unapi

Article Melissa Bailes; (2015)
The Psychologization of Geological Catastrophe in Mary Shelley's The Last Man (/isis/citation/CBB151128250/) unapi

Article Silvia Micheletti; (2018)
Hybrids of the Romantic: Frankenstein, Olimpia, and Artificial Life (/isis/citation/CBB190024071/) unapi

Book Shaw, Debra Benita; (2000)
Women, science, and fiction: The Frankenstein Inheritance (/isis/citation/CBB000110908/) unapi

Book Grinnell, George C.; (2010)
The Age of Hypochondria: Interpreting Romantic Health and Illness (/isis/citation/CBB001020728/) unapi

Authors & Contributors
Page, Michael R.
Rabinowitz, Paula
Mowitt, John
Pepper, Thomas
Shaw, Debra Benita
Hitchcock, Susan Tyler
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Korean Journal of Medical History
ELH: English Literary History
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
University of Chicago Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
Palgrave Macmillan
William Morrow
Science and literature
Science fiction
Experiments and experimentation
Science and culture
Medicine and literature
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Wells, Herbert George
Darwin, Erasmus
Halley, Edmond
De Quincey, Thomas
Beddoes, Thomas
Great Britain
19th century
20th century
21st century
18th century
17th century
20th century, late

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment