Brian Wallheimer | August 14, 2015
Eileen Hunt Botting’s students have suggested, only half-jokingly, that had someone only given Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creature a hug, a lot of violence and tragedy could have been avoided.
The notion seems far-fetched and would have certainly made Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s seminal novel, a bit anticlimactic. But Botting, an associate professor of political science, has come to believe those students aren’t far from Shelley’s main point—that so much can go wrong when society shirks its responsibilities for its most vulnerable citizens.
Botting will have the chance to elaborate on that theory over the course of a year thanks to an American Council of Learned Societiesfellowship supporting her book project,Frankenstein and the Question of Human Development.