Professor Susan Squier (Director of the Science, Medicine, and Technology in Culture Programme at Pennsylvania State University).
How can literature illuminate the reproductive sciences, and vice versa? How can a reinterpretation of reproduction reframe a story long taken as a classic in the science fiction/horror genre? This talk will work between literature and science, and between teaching and research, to consider the changing understanding of interspecies hybridity. It will compare a reading of Roald Dahl's short story, "Royal Jelly" formulated in 1984, in the shadow of the Warnock Report, to reading of the story now, in the multiple contexts of the new epigenetics research, contemporary interventions in feminist theory, and the new findings in nonlinear biology.
Susan Squier is the author (among other works) of Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine (Duke UP, 2004), Babies in Bottles: Twentieth Century Visions of Reproductive Technology, and most recently Poultry Science, Chicken Culture: A Partial Alphabet. She teaches a doctoral seminar in the Department of English at Penn State University on "Gender and Science: Reproduction."
Open to all. No registration required
Part of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum.
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