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The Biopolitics of Embryos and Alphabets: A Reproductive History of the Nonhuman

Ruth A. Miller

Abstract

The two subjects of this book are biopolitics (unfashionable since the late 1990s) and posthumanism (falling out of fashion since the mid-2000s). Taking the inauspicious intersection of these two passé scholarly analytic modes as its starting point, the book makes a case for their value, nonetheless, in explaining the increasing cen¬trality of nostalgia to democratic politics. Nostalgia, far from being a too human evasion of political responsibility, appears here, on the contrary, as the product of a slow-motion collision between nonhuman biopolitical reproduction and nonhu¬man biopolitical th ... More

Keywords: biopolitics, posthuman, nostalgia, reproduction, feminist theory, gender studies, democracy, embryology, alphabet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190638351
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190638351.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth A. Miller, author
Professor of History and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts-Boston

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