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Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus To Pornography (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 1996)

av Roger Shattuck

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Forbidden Knowledge boldly traces the tragic arc of Western literature and culture as it explores the notion of "forbidden knowledge," from the sexual innocence of Adam and Eve to the awe-inspiring discoveries of modern scientists who have created the atomic bomb and recombinant DNA. The result is a dire portrait of human presumption and of a culture that has abandoned all limits in the quest for knowledge and experience. The harrowing imagery that Shattuck presents is matched only by his faith that we can understand our grievous loss of innocence by reexamining our greatest myths and stories of the last two thousand years. In lively, lucid prose Shattuck explores our uncertain fate through such myths as that of Prometheus and a wide range of literary works, including Milton's Paradise Lost, the writings of the Marquis de Sade, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Melville's Billy Budd, and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Parents and teachers should be aware that Chapter VII does not make appropriate reading for children and minors. In this seminal work, Shattuck breaks new ground in opening up a crucial subject never before accorded this full-scale treatment. Forbidden Knowledge impels us to a renewed effort to think judiciously about morality and the sacred during a decade of radical skepticism. Forbidden Knowledge represents the capstone of Roger Shattuck's career as one of America's most original and gifted thinkers.… (mer)
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Titel:Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus To Pornography
Författare:Roger Shattuck
Info:St. Martin's Press (1996), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Forbidden knowledge: from Prometheus to pornography av Roger Shattuck (1996)

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Shattuck is an English professor with an interesting critical review of knowledge that should remain hidden, including criticism of the fashion for De Sade, and of recent episodes in genetics. ( )
  neurodrew | Mar 7, 2020 |
Shattuck's only effective argument in this considerably over-written scholarly study is his argument that violent pornography correlates strongly with sexually sadistic serial killers (although he fails to even address the issue of whether violent pornography is a cause or an effect in that correlation). Shattuck is a literary scholar attempting sociology, and frankly, he's not very good at it. His concept of language and myth as potential contagion has promise as a literary theory, but it was worthy of far more development than it was given. ( )
  TheBentley | Dec 5, 2010 |
Interesting, in all but the chapter on the Marquis de Sade. Perhaps the author would have benefited more from extending his reading out into the literature of other cultures (he's certainly well-read). Get a fresh perspective on a civilization sweltering in sin. There's no merit in devolving into an embarrassing and childish fetish of western literati. What do they say about trawling the sordid for the sublime?

The unicorn and sphinx? Hmm.... ( )
  jvalamala | Dec 5, 2010 |
A book that questions whether or not there are things we cannot know; things we should not know; and whether the pursuit of certain knowledge is for the betterment or detriment of humanity. The author uses various literary works as the basis for his discussion. Enlightening and thought-provoking. Due to the nature of some of the material discussed (e.g. de Sade's Justine), this is NOT for children. ( )
  avanta7 | Apr 24, 2009 |
It makes some interesting points, but tends to make them over and over and over. If you read it, I would recommend skimming heavily. ( )
  drewandlori | Oct 16, 2007 |
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A few years ago a meeting of prominent scientists and science writers in Boston devoted a session to discussing what motives had brought them to the pursuit of science.
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Forbidden Knowledge boldly traces the tragic arc of Western literature and culture as it explores the notion of "forbidden knowledge," from the sexual innocence of Adam and Eve to the awe-inspiring discoveries of modern scientists who have created the atomic bomb and recombinant DNA. The result is a dire portrait of human presumption and of a culture that has abandoned all limits in the quest for knowledge and experience. The harrowing imagery that Shattuck presents is matched only by his faith that we can understand our grievous loss of innocence by reexamining our greatest myths and stories of the last two thousand years. In lively, lucid prose Shattuck explores our uncertain fate through such myths as that of Prometheus and a wide range of literary works, including Milton's Paradise Lost, the writings of the Marquis de Sade, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Melville's Billy Budd, and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Parents and teachers should be aware that Chapter VII does not make appropriate reading for children and minors. In this seminal work, Shattuck breaks new ground in opening up a crucial subject never before accorded this full-scale treatment. Forbidden Knowledge impels us to a renewed effort to think judiciously about morality and the sacred during a decade of radical skepticism. Forbidden Knowledge represents the capstone of Roger Shattuck's career as one of America's most original and gifted thinkers.

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