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Playing Dolly: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies, and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction

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Reproductive technology spans techniques ranging from cloning, surrogate motherhood, egg donation, and prenatal testing. In the early nineties, when public debate about this topic was new, the discourse focused on the moral and ethical issues that these new technologies evoked. Less than a decade later, the editors in Playing Dolly state, ethical questions seem less urgent. Enormous changes have taken place in the way that reproduction is represented, understood, and discussed.

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Overview

Reproductive technology spans techniques ranging from cloning, surrogate motherhood, egg donation, and prenatal testing. In the early nineties, when public debate about this topic was new, the discourse focused on the moral and ethical issues that these new technologies evoked. Less than a decade later, the editors in Playing Dolly state, ethical questions seem less urgent. Enormous changes have taken place in the way that reproduction is represented, understood, and discussed.

The pieces, which range from the biomedical to the sociocultural and include even fiction, reflect the shift in public perception of these complex topics. They testify to the increasing acceptance of reproductive technology, and the resulting reduction in concern over the ethical issues raised by technological intervention.

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This compilation of essays written by scholars in the humanities explores the shifts in public perception of controversial reproduction technologies such as egg donation, cloning, and implantation. The general conclusion is that there is an increasing acceptance of these technologies tied to a waning concern for the potential ethical dilemmas they pose. Articles discuss issues such as the efficacy of Norplant, the cultural politics of contraception in Indonesia, the politics of surrogacy in the 1980s and 1990s. The concluding section includes several fictional reflections on conception and birth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813526485
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Millennial Shifts Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Gamete Traffic/Pedestrian Crossings 17
"God Is Stronger Than Medicine": Islam and the Cultural Politics of Contraception in Indonesia 37
Biting the Magic Bullet: Reproductive Freedom and the Promise of Norplant 57
Selling Reproduction 80
Notes Toward a Reproductive Theory of Technology 87
Negotiating Boundaries: From Assisted Reproduction to Assisted Replication 101
The Politics of Surrogacy Narratives: 1980s Paradigms and Their Legacies in the 1990s 116
Reproductive Technology and the Unconscious: An Australian Case 134
On Morphological Imagination 146
Christine Jorgensen's Atom Bomb: Transsexuality and the Emergence of Postmodernity 157
The Monstrous Genealogy of Assisted Reproduction 172
Confessions of a Bioterrorist: Subject Position and Reproductive Technologies 189
Immaculate Mothers and Celibate Fathers: Where Did We Come From, and Where Are We Going? 220
Steps Toward a Millennial Imaginary: Reproductive Fantasies in Cussins's "Confessions of a Bioterrorist" 232
Conclusion 241
Works Cited 245
About the Contributors 257
Index 261
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