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Literary BioethicsAnimality, Disability, and the Human$
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Maren Tova Linett

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479801268

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479801268.001.0001

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Beast Lives

Beast Lives

Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau

(p.31) 1 Beast Lives
Literary Bioethics

Maren Tova Linett

NYU Press

Chapter 1 combines animal studies and disability studies to explore the complicated negotiation with human exceptionalism woven within H. G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896). It argues that the novel’s critique of human exceptionalism founders on what disability studies scholar Alison Kafer has called the “curative imaginary”—a view that seeks perfection in human beings, or as I apply it to the case of Wells’s scientist, in animals. The chapter reads Wells’s Moreau as a proto-transhumanist, seeking not just to turn animals into human beings, but to transform human beings, to purge our animality in an effort make us “perfectly rational creatures.”

Keywords:   H. G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau, animality, vivisection, disability, human exceptionalism, curative imaginary, Alison Kafer

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