I Am the Other: Literary Negotiations of Human Cloning

By Maria Aline Salgueiro Seabra Ferreira | Go to book overview

4
The Eternity of the Same:
Human Cloning and Its Discontents

We're incubating monsters, you know. Dr. Frankenstein will be here
on the next train.

Pamela Sargent, Cloned Lives, 63

In this chapter I will look at a cluster of clone narratives that address some of the complex psychological dynamics operating within clone groups. In these texts the members of the groups of cloned people are described as practically interchangeable, as sharing one single personality among them. It is this uncanny feeling the clones give rise to—of the repetition of the same, as if one were observing the vivid concretization of the repressed fantasy of the return of one's feared (and at the same time desired) double—that is likely to create sentiments of anxiety and foreboding in those who witness it. Indeed, according to Baudrillard, cloning does away with "the possibility of alterity and of a dual relation" (The Vital Illusion, 13). Pursuing this line of enquiry, it is pertinent to ask, Will the cloned person feel threatened by the knowledge that he or she will have exactly the same genetic makeup as his or her parent and might thus grow up to be an almost exact copy of that person? Where, then, is room for individual growth, recreation, self-building?1 The biological determinism versus social constructionism argument suggests that in spite of the same genetic material two or more people sharing that same biological makeup will nevertheless

-145-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
I Am the Other: Literary Negotiations of Human Cloning
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1- "The Hell of the Same" 21
  • 2- "This Sex Which is One" 71
  • 3- The Zeus Syndrome 109
  • 4- The Eternity of the Same 145
  • 5- "The Malediction of the Clones" 173
  • 6- Cloning and Biopower 191
  • 7- The Sexual Politics of Human Cloning 213
  • Conclusion 251
  • Works Cited 263
  • Index 289
  • About the Author 305
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 308

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.