Narrative in the Age of the Genome: Genetic Worlds (Hardcover)

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This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open Access programme and is available on It is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Genomic technologies have had a profound impact on understandings of what it means to be human and our links to the world we inhabit, and on practices of inhabiting the world. This book considers this impact across a range of literary forms, cultural practices, and political imaginaries, and argues that new descriptions of biological value introduced through practices of genomic sequencing from the late 1970s registered a broader crisis of narrative form. Examining a wide range of texts by Doris Lessing, Samuel Delany, Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Kir Bulychev, Kazuo Ishiguro, Saidiya Hartman, Yaa Gyasi, Svetlana Alexievich, and Jeff VanderMeer, Narrative in the Age of the Genomecasts new light on the intersections of genomics with politics of racism, sexuality, labour and gender, neoliberal economics and environmental crisis.

About the Author

Lara Choksey is a Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter, UK.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781350102545
ISBN-10: 1350102547
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: February 11th, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English