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The Society of Mad Scientists: Scientists and Social Networking in the Victorian Novel

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posted on 29.06.2020, 19:03 by Shawn Robert Parkison
This dissertation explores the figure of the mad scientist in Victorian literature through some of the most enduring literary examples, viewing these works not as anti-science cautionary tales but rather thought experiments for dealing with hazardous scientists and hazardous science. It makes a claim for a spectrum of hazardous scientists from the beneficial to the truly mad and argues that the primary difference between them is a matter of socialization. It argues that these novels advocate for the scientist and society to negotiate and co-construct a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship.


Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy



Campus location

West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dr. Emily Allen

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

Dr. Manushag Powell

Additional Committee Member 2

Dr. Dino Felluga

Additional Committee Member 3

Dr. Adam E. Watkins