Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Or the Modern Prometheus isa pivotal and prophetic story about the lethal nature of denial. In this talk, I retell her story from the ‘Monster’s’ perspective. Created and abandoned by his maker, he carries the nightmare side of Frankenstein’s noble but flawed wish to be a new god who would banish death from the human condition. In the guise of the monsters we are creating by our unbridled enthusiasm for technological innovations and our denial of responsibility for its potential consequences, The Frankenstein Prophecies-Seven Questions and Replies describes how Victor Frankenstein’s story and the Monster’s tale continue today. Climate crises with their destructive impact on nature, the terrorism of the ‘god wars’ among our major religions, the swelling worldwide population of refugees, and two ways in which our genetic and computer technologies are redefining what it means to be a human being without a body are prophetically present in Shelley’s story. The Frankenstein Prophecies also explores several seeds of hope in her story that could change how we face these crises.
Robert D. Romanyshyn is an Emeritus Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute, an Affiliate Member of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Author of seven books, he has also published articles in psychology, philosophy, education and poetry journals. In addition to on line seminars and interviews, he has given lectures and workshops at universities and professional societies in the U.S., Europe, Australia, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand. He has recently completed a new book, The Frankenstein Prophecies—Seven Questions and Replies. His DVD filmAntarctica: Inner journeys in the Outer World, available on line at www.jungplatform.com, is a multi-media psychological reflection on the melting polar ice
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