I Am the Other: Literary Negotiations of Human Cloning

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 304 pages


The idea of human cloning has fascinated writers and philosophers for centuries and has been dramatized in myths and fiction. This volume traces these fictional illustrations of human cloning from some of the earlier manifestations to more contemporary responses. Using a feminist and psychoanalytic perspective, this book examines parthenogenesis and other related fantasies, and argues that cloning could be an important tool in helping women achieve a more egalitarian status. Ferreira contemplates the new psychological implication for humanity that will arise as a result of the development and application of genetic engineering and the possible implementation of human cloning.

This is one of the first books wholly devoted to a specifically literary analysis of the many issues surrounding the fantasy of human cloning, which could in fact become a reality at any moment. It makes it a timely contribution to the controversial political, social, ethical, cultural, and philosophical debate on cloning and its numerous ramifications.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Hell of the Same From Plato to Baudrillard
21
This Sex Which Is One Writing Men Out in Selected Science Fiction Texts
71
The Zeus Syndrome Womb Envy and Male Pregnancy
109
The Eternity of the Same Human Cloning and Its Discontents
145
The Malediction of the Clones Huxley Mitchison and Haldane
173
Cloning and Biopower Joanna Russ and Fay Weldon
191
The Sexual Politics of Human Cloning Mothering and Fathering in the New Millennium
213
Conclusion
251
Works Cited
263
Index
289
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Maria Aline Salgueiro Seabra Ferreira is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

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