Bodies of Knowledge
Study Questions for Exam #2 Tuesday November 12, 2013
For the exam, you will receive one of the following questions — my choice. By studying the following questions you will prepare yourself for the exam, which is closed-book, closed-notes, closed-phone. You will not need any paper; I will supply paper for your responses and scratch paper as needed.
Please note: The term “specific evidence” means that when you refer to evidence you use the names of authors, names of historical persons, names of characters, titles of books, articles, poems by named authors, works of sculpture, names of paintings and/or rough dates of historical events. Essays that make a claim and then use evidence to persuade the reader of your viewpoint will score higher than essays with generalities.
1. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein offers a critique of the rationality of science that emerged in the early modern period (referred to as the Scientific Revolution) and that contributed to the achievement known as the Enlightenment. Using specific evidence (see note above) from lecture notes on the Scientific Revolution and/or mechanical philosophy, and readings from at least 3 of the following: Debus (Van Helmont) Descartes, Pamela Smith (artisnas), and poetry of the Romantic poets, write a persuasive essay that makes a claim/claims about Mary Shelley’s criticism of science. In your essay you should explain what the Scientific Revolution was, how it contrasted with the artisanal and/or alchemical ways of knowing, and how Shelly contrasts the Enlightenment vs. Romantic ways of understanding nature. In discussing Mary Shelley’s criticism, be sure to “speak through the evidence” presented in her novel.
2. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein offers a critique of the rationality of the modern state that was the achievement known as the Enlightenment. Using specific evidence (see note above) from lecture...