New PDF release: The Cinematic Life of the Gene

By Jackie Stacey

ISBN-10: 0822344947

ISBN-13: 9780822344940

ISBN-10: 0822345072

ISBN-13: 9780822345077

What may the cinema let us know approximately how and why the chance of cloning disturbs our such a lot profound rules approximately gender, sexuality, distinction, and the physique? In The Cinematic lifetime of the Gene, the pioneering feminist movie theorist Jackie Stacey argues that as a cultural expertise of imitation, cinema is uniquely positioned to aid us theorize “the genetic imaginary,” the constellation of fantasies that genetic engineering provokes. because the mid-1990s there was outstanding innovation in genetic engineering and a proliferation of movies dependent via anxieties in regards to the altering meanings of organic and cultural replica. Bringing analyses of a number of of those motion pictures into discussion with modern cultural thought, Stacey demonstrates how the cinema animates the tropes and enacts the fears on the center of our genetic imaginary. She engages with movie concept; queer theories of wish, embodiment, and kinship; psychoanalytic theories of topic formation; and debates concerning the reproducibility of the picture and the shift from analog to electronic technologies.

Stacey examines the body-horror video clips Alien: Resurrection and Species in gentle of Jean Baudrillard’s apocalyptic proclamations approximately cloning and “the hell of the same,” and he or she considers the art-house thrillers Gattaca and Code 46 on the subject of principles approximately imitation, together with feminist theories of masquerade, postcolonial conceptualizations of mimicry, and queer notions of impersonation. Turning to Teknolust and Genetic Admiration, self sufficient movies by means of feminist administrators, she extends Walter Benjamin’s idea of charisma to attract an analogy among the replication of organic info and the reproducibility of the artwork item. Stacey indicates new how one can take into consideration people who find themselves now not what they look like, the matter of selecting identification in a global of artificiality, and the lack of singularity amid unchecked replication.

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