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Breisinger, Mark
February 2nd, 2007 under Grad Students, Uncategorized

Visiting Graduate Student, Computer Science Dept., UC Santa Barbara, from the Ludwig – Maximilian – University Munich, Germany

Marc BreisingerMarc Breisinger’s current research project, LEMMA, tries to evaluate the benefits of computer assisted learning environments and the advantages that an exclusively available tutoring system might hold for the student. His further research interests cover computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, human computer interaction and ubiquitous computing.

 Links:      Ludwig – Maximilian – University Munich | Department of Media Computer Science | Fluidum | 4EyesLab UCSB | LEMMA – Learning Environment with Multi-Media Augmentations

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To explain this more precisely, just as Bloom acknowledges in Omens of Millennium that the very prescience of the Gnostic texts would not have allowed them to disappear entirely (and for their persistence, it must be noted, he is joyful), the prescience of Frankenstein similarly renders it a dangerous text to be used and/or abused. Frankenstein’s prescience resides in Mary Shelley’s brilliant dialectic of reality-based faith and scientific dreams. Simultaneously, this dialectic demands attention and theorization and it denies the possibility of polemical resolution. Thus, Shelley astonishingly narrates a meta-prognostication on the formula of science fiction as the imaginative production which can lead to reproductions inside and outside of texts even as she is installing the spark of life into the first of its species. From this critical perspective, even the most conservative efforts to ossify Frankenstein into a technophobic cultural cliché will, like Victor’s pastoral optimism in trying to forget about the creature amidst the sublime Alpine landscape, not succeed in bringing forth the good spirits (whether God or a sacred “Nature”) they summon. Rather, every cautionary invocation of Frankenstein cannot help but give more life, as both Harold Bloom and that rebellious replicant Roy Baty are both fond of saying, to precisely the abhorrent productions and reproductions they desperately wish to kill.
From “Dismembering the Cautionary Cliché: Re-reading the Warnings in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”