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Literary Bioethics – Animality, Disability, and the Human - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Literary Bioethics: Animality, Disability, and the Human

Maren Tova Linett


Literary Bioethics reads four novels as thought experiments through which to grapple with questions of value regarding animal lives, old lives, disabled lives, and engineered lives. Drawing from literary and cultural theory, disability studies, age studies, animal studies, and bioethics, it considers the value of these different kinds of lives as presented in fiction. The study treats “bioethics” broadly; rather than treating practical issues of medical ethics, it takes “bioethical questions” to mean 1) questions about the value and conditions for flourishing of different kinds of human and no ... More

Keywords: bioethics, animal studies, disability studies, aging, H.G. Wells, Kazuo Ishiguro, Aldous Huxley, Flannery O’Connor

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479801268
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479801268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maren Tova Linett, author
Purdue University

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