Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine

Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine

by Susan Merrill Squier
     
 

A study of the mutually constituitive relations between Western biomedicine and Ango- American literature in the 20th and early 21st centuries, tracing the interwoven processes by which both fields have transformed the course of human life.

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A study of the mutually constituitive relations between Western biomedicine and Ango- American literature in the 20th and early 21st centuries, tracing the interwoven processes by which both fields have transformed the course of human life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822333661
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Merrill Squier is Brill Professor of Women’s Studies and English at The Pennsylvania State University. She is author of Babies in Bottles: Twentieth-Century Visions of Reproductive Technology; editor of Communities of the Air: Radio Century, Radio Culture (published by Duke University Press); and coeditor of Playing Dolly: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies, and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction and Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary Representation. She is past president and Executive Board Member of the Society for Literature and Science.

Table of Contents

Introduction : networking liminality1
1The uses of literature for feminist science studies : tracing liminal lives25
2The cultured cell : life and death at Strangeways58
3The hybrid embryo and xenogenic desire89
4Giant babies : graphing growth in the early twentieth century112
5Incubabies and rejuvenates : the traffic between technologies of reproduction and age extension146
6Transplant medicine and transformative narrative168
7Liminal performances of aging : from replacement to regeneration214
Coda : the pluripotent discourse of stem cells : liminality, reflexivity, and literature253

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