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"Shadowy objects in the test tubes": Biocitizenship, disposable bodies, and wasted lives in hanif kureishi's "the body" and kazuo ishiguro's never let me go
, A. Parui
Published in Aesthetics Media Services
Volume: 12
Issue: 6
Pages: 1 - 6
The paper aims to explore Hanif Kureishi's (2002) “The Body” and Kazuo Ishiguro's (2005) Never Let Me Go in order to throw light on the bioethical issues related to ageing, biocitizenship, organ transplantation, wasted lives and disposable bodies by extending the discussion from a human to a dystopian posthuman world where affluent sections of society replenish their aged degenerating organic body by incorporating biomatter from non-citizens and clones. The paper draws on and extends Nikolas Rose and Carlos Novas's concept of biocitizenship, Zygmunt Bauman's notion of wasted lives, Giorgio Agamben's explanation of bare life and Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection in the context of literary studies in order to analyze the socio-political status of the engineered lives who are classified as biomedical fodders. © AesthetixMS 2020. This Open Access article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use
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JournalRupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
PublisherAesthetics Media Services