I Am the Other: Literary Negotiations of Human Cloning

I Am the Other: Literary Negotiations of Human Cloning

I Am the Other: Literary Negotiations of Human Cloning

I Am the Other: Literary Negotiations of Human Cloning


Investigates the topic of human cloning from literary, psychological, and philosophical points of view.


À la réflexion, je crois que, de toute facon, du clonage il y en a eu,
il y en a et il en aura. Les legislations n'empêcheront pas le clonage.
(Jacques Derrida and Elisabeth Roudinesco, De quoi demain …

Dialogue, 93)

My aim in this book is to investigate the topic of human cloning from the point of view of literary history and criticism. I wish to suggest that many of the ramifications implicit in the subject of cloning were already present in, and indeed have informed the work of, numerous authors from well before the issue became of general concern. It is thus the areas dealt with by those writers that are contiguous or overlap with the concerns adjacent to cloning, taken in its wide sense of reduplication and copying, that I wish to explore here, as well as works dealing explicitly with cloning.

The fantasy of human cloning has become one of the most important myths of our time. New technologies inevitably bring about a crisis in the cultural and social scene, a climactic turning point that in the case of our contemporary Biotechnological Age can be characterized as the advent of the "posthuman," the genetically altered, the technologically enhanced, a zone where human cloning can be inscribed. the implications of this dream of engendering life bur circumventing the need for joint male and female intervention (including the uterus, with the development of ectogenetic chambers) are serious, far reaching, and at present difficult to gauge in their multifarious ramifications.

Cloned humans will inevitably challenge commonly held perceptions of our own bodies and our relations to other bodies. Cloned people can aptly be called posthuman in the sense that they have been "artifi-

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