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The Stamp of Life’: New Imaginative Realities in the Late Georgian Era by James Turner

The turbulent progress of natural philosophy in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries created an intellectual landscape rife for speculation. In particular, developments in philosophy of mind and the nascent field of chemistry introduced new uncertainties into how people were to conceive of themselves as both individuals and human beings — domains which, up until that point, had been merely theological concerns. This study will examine two cultural products of the period, Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and famed chess automaton ‘The Turk’, and explore what they can tell us about the changes in the popular consciousness of the period.

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Thursday, April 13, 2023
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