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How has DNA come to be seen as a cosmic truth, representative of all life, potential for all cures, repository for all identity, and end to all stories? In The Poetics of DNA, Judith Roof examines the rise of this powerful symbol and the implications of its ascendancy for the ways we think—about ourselves, about one another, and about the universe.

 

Descriptions of DNA, Roof argues, have distorted ideas and transformed nucleic acid into the answer to all questions of life. This hyperbolized notion of DNA, inevitably confused or conflated with the “gene,” has become a vector through which older ways of thinking can merge with the new, advancing long-discredited and insidious ideas about such things as eugenics and racial selection and influencing contemporary debates, particularly the popular press obsession with the “gay gene.” Through metaphors of DNA, she contends, racist and homophobic ideology is masked as progressive science.

 

Grappling with twentieth-century intellectual movements as well as contemporary societal anxieties, The Poetics of DNA reveals how descriptions of DNA and genes typify a larger set of epistemological battles that play out not only through the assumptions associated with DNA but also through less evident methods of magical thinking, reductionism, and pseudoscience.

 

For the first time, Roof exposes the ideology and cultural consequences of DNA and gene metaphors to uncover how, ultimately, they are paradigms used to recreate prejudices.

 

Judith Roof is professor of English and film studies at Michigan State University. She is the author of several books, including All about Thelma and Eve: Sidekicks and Third Wheels.

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Roof (English and film studies, Michigan State U.) explores the fundamental ideas that have led the public to consider the double helix of DNA to stand for genes and so the mechanism by which biological information is reproduced and inherited. Looking at the deep structure of these figurations and implicit narratives, she shows what kinds of values they import, and what those values reveal about people. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816649983
Author:
Roof, Judith
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Dna
Subject:
Genes
Subject:
Biology-Genetics
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Posthumanities
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 5.89 x 0.6 in

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