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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

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The National Library of Medicine - part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) - has compiled this online exhibit dedicated to Mary Shelley's 1818 classic, Frankenstein. Today, this text simultaneously provokes interest in the history of science as well as literature. As the site notes, Frankenstein, as a novel, "provides a framework for discussion of medical advances, which challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human." This exhibition features a variety of images that illustrate aspects of Shelley's biography and writing, along with images that highlight eighteenth and early nineteenth century medical and scientific work. These later images reveal an aspect of medical inquiry that greatly influenced Shelley's work: the effort to resuscitate individuals from death. Other images in this collection highlight the ways that Shelley's tale have been subsequently adapted, appropriated, re-imagined, and often over-simplified. In the Education tab, instructors will find lesson plans for K-12 as well as college classrooms. These lesson plans focus on the intersection of literature, science, and history, and thus may be used in a variety of classrooms.
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2016-09-30
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