Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Transplant Fictions

A Cultural Study of Organ Exchange

Authors: Russell, Emily

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  • Constructs a cultural history of organ exchange
    Offers extended readings of widely studied authors including William Faulkner, Kazuo Ishiguro, Mary Shelley, Chris Abani and H. G. Wells’s The Island of Dr. Moreau 
    Identifies three genres—sentiment, horror, and romance—as the formal conventions by which we make sense of transplantation in practice 

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Removing an organ from one (typically dead) body and placing it in another living body challenges our most foundational ideas about boundaries between self and other, individual and social identity, life and death, health and illness. But despite these transgressions, organ transplant is a celebrated and relatively common procedure. Transplant Fictions brings together a diverse set of cultural representations to understand how we have overcome the profound ideological violations represented by organ exchange in order to reimagine the concept and practice as technological and moral victories. From the plots of horror stories and sci-fi novels to sentimental romances and feel-good media reports of stranger donation, this cultural study offers a nuanced portrait of the conceptual journey of organ exchange from strange and terrible to the “gift of life.”


About the authors

Emily Russell is an Associate Professor of English at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, USA. She is the author of Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative, and the Body Politic (2011).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $54.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transplant Fictions
Book Subtitle
A Cultural Study of Organ Exchange
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12135-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12135-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12134-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 310
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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