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Clone stories: ‘shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder’

Marks, John

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John Marks john.marks@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This article explores literary interrogations of the bioethical implications of cloning. It does so by outlining the basic science of cloning before going on to question the dominance of the Freudian notion of the ‘uncanny’ in the critical theoretical responses to cloning by figures such as Jean Baudrillard and Slavoj Žižek. The second half of the article turns to two recent novels exploring the theme of cloning: Eva Hoffman's The Secret, and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. It is argued that the former rehearses familiar themes of revulsion connected to the figure of the clone, yet resolves the struggle for identity in a ‘human’ conclusion; whereas the latter maintains the uncanny in-human difference of the clone even as it highlights the dangers of the biopolitical instrumentalization of life itself. The article therefore argues that fictional treatments of cloning can provide an important alternative to simplified debates on the subject in the mass media.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Paragraph
Print ISSN 0264-8334
Electronic ISSN 1750-0176
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 3
Institution Citation Marks, J. (in press). Clone stories: ‘shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder’. Paragraph, 33(3), doi:10.3366/E0264833410000945
DOI https://doi.org/10.3366/E0264833410000945
Keywords Bioethics, Cloning, Freud, Genetics, Eva Hoffman, Kazuo Ishiguro, Posthuman, Psychoanalysis
Publisher URL http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/full/10.3366/para.2010.0203
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Edinburgh University Press in Paragraph available online: http://www.euppublishin.../10.3366/para.2010.0203

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