Imitations of life: cloning, heterosexuality and the human in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never let me go

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/96374
Title:
Imitations of life: cloning, heterosexuality and the human in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never let me go
Authors:
Carroll, R. (Rachel)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. School of Arts and Media.
Citation:
Carroll, R. (2010) 'Imitations of life: cloning, heterosexuality and the human in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never let me go', Journal of Gender Studies, 19 (1), pp.59 - 71.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Journal of Gender Studies
Issue Date:
Mar-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/96374
DOI:
10.1080/09589230903525445
Abstract:
Contemporary debate and speculation about the prospect of reproductive cloning reveals the way in which such beings, as 'copies' of human originals, challenge notions of the human, especially in relation to issues of individuality, authenticity and origin. This article explores the representation of human cloning in Kazuo Ishiguro's speculative fiction, Never let me go, published in 2005. It investigates the possibility that Ishiguro's exploration of the contingency of human identity has a significant, if oblique, relationship to heteronormative constructions of heterosexuality and the human. In order to trace how a fiction of human cloning might give rise to questions of heteronormativity, I will foreground issues of reproduction and their relationship to normative constructions of heterosexuality. The controversies prompted by the potential prospect of reproductive human cloning can be attributed in part to the ways in which it challenges the heterosexual prerogative to reproduction; I aim to situate human cloning within the context of other technologies of assisted reproduction and to theorise its challenge to the heterosexual prerogative to reproduction within feminist and queer frameworks.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
contemporary fiction; cloning; heterosexuality; reproductive technology; heteronormativity
ISSN:
0958-9236; 1465-3869
Rights:
subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 13/04/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 13/04/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorCarroll, R. (Rachel)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-13T08:53:39Zen
dc.date.available2010-04-13T08:53:39Zen
dc.date.issued2010-03en
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Gender Studies; 19 (1): 59 - 71en
dc.identifier.issn0958-9236en
dc.identifier.issn1465-3869en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09589230903525445en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/96374en
dc.description.abstractContemporary debate and speculation about the prospect of reproductive cloning reveals the way in which such beings, as 'copies' of human originals, challenge notions of the human, especially in relation to issues of individuality, authenticity and origin. This article explores the representation of human cloning in Kazuo Ishiguro's speculative fiction, Never let me go, published in 2005. It investigates the possibility that Ishiguro's exploration of the contingency of human identity has a significant, if oblique, relationship to heteronormative constructions of heterosexuality and the human. In order to trace how a fiction of human cloning might give rise to questions of heteronormativity, I will foreground issues of reproduction and their relationship to normative constructions of heterosexuality. The controversies prompted by the potential prospect of reproductive human cloning can be attributed in part to the ways in which it challenges the heterosexual prerogative to reproduction; I aim to situate human cloning within the context of other technologies of assisted reproduction and to theorise its challenge to the heterosexual prerogative to reproduction within feminist and queer frameworks.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.rightssubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 13/04/2010]en
dc.subjectcontemporary fictionen
dc.subjectcloningen
dc.subjectheterosexualityen
dc.subjectreproductive technologyen
dc.subjectheteronormativityen
dc.titleImitations of life: cloning, heterosexuality and the human in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never let me goen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. School of Arts and Media.en
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Gender Studiesen
ref.citationcount0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 13/04/2010]en
or.citation.harvardCarroll, R. (2010) 'Imitations of life: cloning, heterosexuality and the human in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never let me go', Journal of Gender Studies, 19 (1), pp.59 - 71.en
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