Essay heading: Frankenstein

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October 18, 2007

 

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Tim Marshall (1995) gives a different perspective: just after the publication of Frankenstein the science of anatomy aroused controversy because of the infamous case of Burke and Hare [found guilty in Edinburgh of murdering at least 15 people to obtain bodies for dissection]. In 1832, the Anatomy Act granted anatomists access to unclaimed bodies from the workhouses...
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In 1832, the Anatomy Act granted anatomists access to unclaimed bodies from the workhouses. Before this time, dissection was a feared and hated punishment for murder but the Anatomy Act, according to Richardson (1989, cited in Marshall 1995) successfully redefined poverty as crime. The ensuing publicity made Frankenstein even more popular...
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