Forbidden Knowledge by Roger Shattuck
From Prometheus to Pornography

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In his “best achievement to date” (Harold Bloom), National Book Award- winner Roger Shattuck gives us a “deeply learned, highly intelligent, and beautifully written” (New York Times) study of human curiosity versus the taboo, from Adam and Eve to the Marquis de Sade to biotechnology research. Index.
 

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Roger Shattuck taught for many years at Boston University and now resides in Vermont. He is the author, most recently, of "Candor & Perversion".
 
Published September 15, 1997 by Mariner Books. 384 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Gay & Lesbian, Science & Math, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The second half of Shattuck's book attempts to negotiate the treacherous pass from literature to real life: Forbidden knowledge as literary theme is supposed to shed light on the moral dilemmas of scientists who worked on the atomic bomb and those who remain at work on the Human Genome Project.

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The moral and philosophical limits to human knowledge--and their inherent dangers and fascinations--are probed. (Sept.)

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In this scholarly, provocative and gracefully written study, Shattuck--a distinguished critic (The Banqueting Years) and translator (of Apollinaire)--argues that there are moral taboos (even if they a

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The book begins in theory and moves to more concrete examples of ""forbidden knowledge,"" from discussions of myths (Prometheus, Orpheus, Adam and Eve), through the Victorians' perplexity over Darwin, to an examination of works of literature (Faust, Paradise Lost, Billy Budd, Frankenstein, Emily ...

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