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Reproduction by Design Sex, Robots, Trees, and Test-tube Babies in Interwar Britain

by Angus McLaren

Reproduction by Design Sex, Robots, Trees, and Test-tube Babies in Interwar Britain Synopsis

Modernity in interwar Europe frequently took the form of a preoccupation with mechanizing the natural; fears and fantasies revolved around the notion that the boundaries between people and machines were collapsing. Reproduction in particular became a battleground for those debating the merits of the modern world. That debate continues today, and to understand the history of our anxieties about modernity, we can have no better guide than Angus McLaren. In Reproduction by Design , McLaren draws on novels, plays, science fiction, and films of the 1920s and '30s, as well as the work of biologists, psychiatrists, and sexologists, to reveal surprisingly early debates on many of the same questions that shape the conversation today: homosexuality, recreational sex, contraception, abortion, euthanasia, sex change operations, and in vitro fertilization. Here, McLaren brings together the experience and perception of modernity with sexuality, technology, and ecological concerns into a cogent discussion of science's place in reproduction in British and American cultural history.

Reproduction by Design Sex, Robots, Trees, and Test-tube Babies in Interwar Britain Press Reviews

I know of no other work on interwar Britain, or even twentieth-century Britain, that brings together modernity, sexuality, technology, and the environment in quite this way. The result is extremely compelling and successful. It is certain to attract a great deal of interest from both scholars and a wider audience. (Stephen Brooke, York University)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780226560694
Publication date: 16th March 2012
Author: Angus McLaren
Publisher: University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 248 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history,

About Angus McLaren

Angus McLaren is a leading figure in the history of sexuality, professor emeritus of history at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the author of several books, including The Trials of Masculinity: Policing of Sexual Boundaries, 1870-1930; A Prescription for Murder; and Impotence: A Cultural History.

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