In 1923 at the Royal Theatre English Opera House of London started the journey of the mute Frankenstein of Thomas Potter Cook. On that stage the creature born from the encounter between science and romantic genius definitively lost his voice to progressively assume more and more the appearance of a body that speaks for itself, beyond literary fact, and above all beyond verbal language. If in the novel by Mary Shelley the acquisition of a language is the main tool of identity emancipation for the indefinable 'product' of contemporary scientific culture, on stage the actor Cooke, who played that silent character 365 times, laid the foundations of one of the myths of modernity. The article questions the way in which the creature of Dr. Victor Frankenstein came into the midst of 1820s European popular culture, contributing on the one hand to preparing public imagination for the debate on Darwinism that would take place forty years later; revealing on the other a new fundamental aesthetic perception, because the discoveries of the new sciences (chemistry, physics, physiology, etc.) became a common experience that can be found empirically.

The Journey of the Mute Frankenstein of Thomas Potter Cooke. Towards a language for a new science / Marchetti, Marta. - In: MEDICINA NEI SECOLI. - ISSN 0394-9001. - STAMPA. - 31:1(2019), pp. 49-69. ((Intervento presentato al convegno “I Medici e i Poeti” Musica, Teatro e nuova Psicofisiologia fra 800’ e 900’ tenutosi a Università La Sapienza di Roma.

The Journey of the Mute Frankenstein of Thomas Potter Cooke. Towards a language for a new science

Marta Marchetti
2019

Abstract

In 1923 at the Royal Theatre English Opera House of London started the journey of the mute Frankenstein of Thomas Potter Cook. On that stage the creature born from the encounter between science and romantic genius definitively lost his voice to progressively assume more and more the appearance of a body that speaks for itself, beyond literary fact, and above all beyond verbal language. If in the novel by Mary Shelley the acquisition of a language is the main tool of identity emancipation for the indefinable 'product' of contemporary scientific culture, on stage the actor Cooke, who played that silent character 365 times, laid the foundations of one of the myths of modernity. The article questions the way in which the creature of Dr. Victor Frankenstein came into the midst of 1820s European popular culture, contributing on the one hand to preparing public imagination for the debate on Darwinism that would take place forty years later; revealing on the other a new fundamental aesthetic perception, because the discoveries of the new sciences (chemistry, physics, physiology, etc.) became a common experience that can be found empirically.
“I Medici e i Poeti” Musica, Teatro e nuova Psicofisiologia fra 800’ e 900’
Frankenstein; melodrama; adaptation; body language; acting, Thomas Potter Cooke
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The Journey of the Mute Frankenstein of Thomas Potter Cooke. Towards a language for a new science / Marchetti, Marta. - In: MEDICINA NEI SECOLI. - ISSN 0394-9001. - STAMPA. - 31:1(2019), pp. 49-69. ((Intervento presentato al convegno “I Medici e i Poeti” Musica, Teatro e nuova Psicofisiologia fra 800’ e 900’ tenutosi a Università La Sapienza di Roma.
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