Dal Golem alla creatura di Mary Shelley: Frankenstein tra mito, scienza e letteratura = From the Golem to Mary Shelley's creature: Frankenstein between myth, science and literature


The similarity between Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the Golem of Jewish folklore is no mere coincidence. The Golem's introduction on early nineteenth century German literature – ironically at the hands of two avowed anti˗Semites, Jacob Grimm and Ludwig Achim von Arnim – may have enabled the novelist Mary Shelley to rediscover it. In addition, being aware of the avant˗garde scientific research that was being carried out at the time, Mary Shelley also took inspiration from her many readings to incorporate mythological and theological debates related to science.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i18285368aXXXIVn99p69

Keywords: Golem; Frankenstein; Mary Shelley; Scientific discoveries; Gothic literature; Children's literature

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