My work attempts to reframe some of the major themes related to Darwinian science, grounding the critical approach in Foucault’s notion of docile body and Beer’s interpretation of the evolutionary theory. The analysis concerns two nov- els – The Island of Dr Moreau (H.G. Wells, 1896) and The Butt (Will Self, 2008) – that, though far apart in time, show several contiguities. For one thing, they develop around a protagonist that closely replicates, with minor differences, the same model of scientist. Secondly, the two stories also imply an obsessive, morbid and often cruel relationship between a scientist and his creatures. In both cases, in fact, the plot describes the process through which a man of science actually subjugates weak creatures that he deems as inferior and therefore deserving guid- ance. These creatures seem to acquire a double status: they are the victims of the scientist’s hybris, but also the results of some extreme experiments. This being so, they ideally combine, in their own body, the tension towards an orderly articula- tion of the scientific creation and the anarchic freedom of nature. It is my position that these critical issues can effectively be seen at work comparing Wells’s The Island of Dr Moreau and Self’s The Butt, focusing on the figure of the scientist as a shared paradigm, borrowing much from Goethe’s Faust but also from its revision in Valéry’s Mon Faust.
Creature : Faust e la scienza da Moreau a von Sasser / N. Vallorani - In: Formula e metafora : figure di scienziati nelle letterature e culture contemporanee / [a cura di] M. Castellari. - Milano : Ledizioni, 2014 Apr. - ISBN 978-88-6705-207-3. - pp. 57-70 (( convegno Figure di scienziati nelle letterature e culture contemporanee tenutosi a Milano nel 2012.
|Titolo:||Creature : Faust e la scienza da Moreau a von Sasser|
|Parole Chiave:||Will Self ; The Butt ; Science & literature ; H.G. Wells|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore L-LIN/10 - Letteratura Inglese|
|Data di pubblicazione:||apr-2014|
|Enti collegati al convegno:||Università degli studi di Milano|
|Tipologia:||Book Part (author)|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03 - Contributo in volume|