A man of science makes dead matter live yet abandons his own creation. A creature is composed of human body parts yet denied a place in human society. The epic struggle that ensues between creator and creature poses enduring questions to all of us.
Corinna Treitel is associate professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of A Science for the Soul: Occultism and the Genesis of the German Modern (20014, Johns Hopkins University Press) and her most recent book is Eating Nature in Modern Germany: Food, Agriculture and Environment, c. 1870-2000 (2017, Cambridge University Press).