English 165LB: Literature & Biotechnology (W11)

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This course will engage some of the philosophical, cultural, and social implications of biotechnology, with particular attention to biocapital (especially the market for genetic materials), cloning, genetic engineering, transgenic species, body modification, technologies of reproduction, and the production of the ‘human’. We will take a fairly expansive approach to biotechnology as a conceptual frame for the course in that we will also discuss issues such as life management and the care of the self (from Michel Foucault to Extreme Makeover).

Rita Raley
Department of English
University of California, Santa Barbara
Winter 2011
Office hours: Wednesday, 1-3

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