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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

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

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.

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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)


About the Author

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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Publication date

9th March 2012

Author

Angus McLaren

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Publisher

University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press

Format

Hardback
248 pages

Categories


Social & cultural history

ISBN

9780226560694

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