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Towards a Posthumanist Conceptualization of Society: Biotechnology in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy and Ruth Ozeki’s All Over Creation

  • Pia Balsmeier
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Abstract

This chapter investigates how current controversial biotechnological advancements, particularly regarding genetically modified food, enable conceptual as well as ontological changes of humanity and the human. Drawing on debates in the field of posthumanism in my analysis of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy and Ruth Ozeki’s novel All Over Creation, I demonstrate the significance of literary contributions to the topic. From an ethical vantage point grounded in critical posthumanism, I explore how imaginations of biotechnology impact on concepts of posthuman society. Ultimately, I argue, anthropocentric and essentialist views on identity, race, gender, and family can be overcome by more valuable connectivities based on elective affiliations offered in the texts.

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  • Pia Balsmeier
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  1. 1.University of CologneCologneGermany

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