La metamorfosis del mito de la alquimia en la imaginación romántica de Mary y Percy B. Shelley

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Asunción López-Varela Azcárate
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1616-5830
Estefanía Saavedra

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Este artículo presenta las transformaciones que sufre el mito alquímico en la obra de Mary Shelley, Frankenstein o el moderno Prometeo, un relato frecuentemente interpretado como advertencia de los peligros de la ciencia y la tecnología demonizados en la criatura. Ambientado en el periodo romántico y el avance de la secularización, la novela muestra la relación ambigua entre los avances de las ciencias naturales y las preocupaciones filosóficas y espirituales que Mary Shelley heredó de su padre, el filósofo William Godwin, y debatió con su marido, el poeta Percy B. Shelley. En el contexto de la interdisciplinariedad del discurso contemporáneo que contempla la ‘consiliencia’ entre las humanidades y las ciencias, este artículo ofrece una lectura de Frankenstein y del ensayo de Percy B. Shelley, “Defensa de la poesía” como cuestionamiento radical de la ciencia ilustrada mediante su posicionamiento ambiguo con respecto a la alquimia y la ciencia empírica. Es más, la investigación busca establecer vínculos con teorías eco-cibernéticas contemporáneas que llaman la atención sobre los aspectos humanísticos.

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Azcárate, A., & Saavedra, E. (2017). La metamorfosis del mito de la alquimia en la imaginación romántica de Mary y Percy B. Shelley. Revista ICONO14 Revista Científica De Comunicación Y Tecnologías Emergentes, 15(1), 108-127. https://doi.org/10.7195/ri14.v15i1.1036
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Asunción López-Varela Azcárate, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Asun López-Varela is professor at Facultad Filología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid since 1994. She holds a PhD Anglo-American Culture and Literary Studies, and Diploma of Advance Studies in Spanish Literature from UNED, and a Master in Educational Management from the Open University London. Her research interests are Comparative and World Literature, Cultural and Education Studies, as well as Cognitive and Intermedial Semiotics.

In 2007 she created the research program  Studies on Intermediality and Intercultural Mediation SIIM.

López-Varela has been visiting scholar at Brown University (2010) and Harvard University (2013) and  visiting professor at Delhi University (2011), Beijng Language and Culture University (every year since 2012), Kazakh National University, Almaty (2013, 2014). Tamkang University, Taipei & Sun Jat Sen Univ. Kaohsiung (2014-2015).

She is a member of Hermeneia Research Group at Universitat de Barcelona   Mitocriticism Research Group at Complutense Madrid   and  Semiótica Comunicación y Cultura

A proactive member of the profession, López-Varela is in the Executive Committee of the Association of Alumni of the Real Colegio Complutense in Harvard University, and in the European Network of Comparative Literary Studies (ex officio)

She is also external evaluator for the EU Educational, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency EACEA  the European Union Research Program Horizon 2020 , the postgraduate programs of Comparative Literature at Dublin City University and the Institute for Intermedial Studies at Linnaeus University. She has also ollaborated as advisor with the Department of Romance Studies Harvard University. 

Lopez-Varela is keen in giving international visibility to research by colleagues and younger peers, and her editorial activities are a clear sign in this direction. She is Editor International Journal of the Humanities  SJR Rank  Associate International Editor Journal Comparative Literature and Aesthetics    and collaborator in the InTech Open Access series of the European Union Open Aire project.

Prof. López-Varela is Editorial Board Member and Scientific advisor in journals such as:  1616: Anuario de la Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada. Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca  deSignis, the journal of the Federación Latinoamericana de Semiótica (FELS)    Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology      International Journal of Transmedia Literacy   Southern Semiotic Review,  HyperCultura Journal Hyperion University (Bucharest)  "Studii şi cercetări ştiinţifice. Seria filologie (SCS)"  (ISSN 1224-841X) of  University "Vasile Alecsandri" and the Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences CJES at World Education Center. She was  review editor at Comparative Literature and Culture between 2008 and 2013 and collaborates with other publishing houses such as Routledge  Aracne editrice S.r.l. and MacMillan and Peter Lang's Book Series "Reflections on Signs and Language".

http://www.ucm.es/siim/lopez-varela-publications

Estefanía Saavedra, Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

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