By Susan Merrill Squier

There's a forgotten background to our present debates over reproductive know-how - one interweaving literature and technological know-how, profoundly gendered, full of offerings and struggles. We pay a cost after we settle for smooth reproductive know-how as a systematic leap forward with no prior. infants in Bottles retrieves a few of that background by way of reading the literary and well known technological know-how writings of Julian Huxley, J.B.S. Haldane, Charlotte Haldane, Aldous Huxley, and Naomi Mitchison - writings that come with representations of reproductive know-how from infants in bottles to surrogate moms. it truly is to those photographs, fantasies, practices, and narratives of clinical intervention in replica that we needs to glance if we wish to comprehend what acts of ideological building were performed, and are at present being played, within the identify of reproductive know-how. Susan Merrill Squier exhibits how the innovative development of reproductive expertise is helping to form our modern practices. Susan Merrill Squier is Julia Gregg Brill Professor in Women's experiences and English on the Pennsylvania kingdom college, college Park. She is the writer of Virginia Woolf and London: The Sexual Politics of town, editor of girls Writers and town: Essays in Feminist Literary feedback, and co-editor of fingers and the lady: struggle, Gender, and Literary illustration.

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The ideas that reproduce themselves in our communications never reproduce themselves exactly. . [I]deas are always enunciated in an environment of other ideas, in contexts already occupied by other thoughts and images" (Reproducing the Future, 6). My opening discussion of the images of babies in bottles reflects the basic tenet of domaining: that the same reproductive image can have very different implications depending on the domain within which it appears and the ideological work that it is doing.

Saunes Bairos: The Cast 177 Page xi Preface and Acknowledgments Researching and writing Babies in Bottles took five years, and extended to three continents. It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge some of the people and institutions who helped along the way. Although origins are always mysterious, and intellectual origins no less so than biological ones, two collaborative experiences were important germinal moments for this book. The experience of working with Helen Cooper and Adrienne Munich on our co-edited collection Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary Representation (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989) first led me to think about the modern and postmodern disjunction between sexuality and reproduction.

It is the misfortune of interpretation, like culture, to appear as artificial as analogies and metaphors always do in this system. MARILYN STRATHERN, Reproducing the Future In 1990, Parliament passed the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, which authorized research on human embryos up to fourteen days old. One of the major issues raised during the debate was whether or not embryological development occurred in discrete stages, and thus whether a specific stage could be identified at which an individual identity was formed.

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