- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 Minding Previous Steps Taken
- Chapter 2 Who Wouldn’t Want to Be a Person?
- Chapter 3 From Charisma to Routinization and Beyond
- Chapter 4 There’s No Such Thing as Interpreting a Text
- Chapter 5 Retrospective Prophecies
- Chapter 6 Law’s Affective Thickets
- Chapter 7 Paranoia, Feminism, Law
- Chapter 8 Proof and Probability
- Chapter 9 Law, Literature, and History
- Chapter 10 Pictures as Precedents
- Chapter 11 Law as Performance
- Chapter 12 Globalizing Law and Literature
- Chapter 13 Ornament and Law
- Chapter 14 The Flowers Are Vexed
- Chapter 15 Genocide by Other Means
- Chapter 16 Pluralism, Religion, and Democratic Culture
- Chapter 17 Regulatory Fictions
- Chapter 18 Legal and Literary Fictions
- Chapter 19 Copyright and Intellectual Property
- Chapter 20 Replicant Being
- Chapter 21 Weak Reparation
Law and Strange Life in the Age of Biotechnology
- (p.344) Chapter 20 Replicant Being
- New Directions in Law and Literature
- Oxford University Press
In 1980, the Supreme Court determined that a genetically modified organism was patentable. Ten years later, the California Supreme Court ruled that a person did not have ownership rights in his cells. Both cases were crucial for the development of biotechnology as a multibillion dollar business. Both also contributed to changing conceptions of the human and of life itself. This chapter chronicles legal and political efforts to resolve the hazy definitions of life and the human as they move through the mainstream media and popular culture and contribute to an emerging narrative of humanity for a global age.
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