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

Ruth A. Miller


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


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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