Created In Our Own

Editor : Fred M. Sander

Created In Our Own

Book Details

  • Publisher : International Psychoanalytic Books
  • Published : January 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 198
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    Culture and Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 32383
  • ISBN 13 : 9780615390048
  • ISBN 10 : 0615390048
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An introduction to the art, ethics and science of cloning. Includes W.S. Gilbert's Pygmalion and Galatea.

'Created in Our Own is a stimulating and imaginative book for the sophisticated reader wanting to understand one of the challenges we face in this new century, the arrival of biogenetic engineering. It examines the Pygmalion myth of making others in the images we want them to be. Dr. Sander, as editor, examines this through his field as a psychoanalyst and has put together a highly accomplished group of scholars who address the myth in terms of gender roles, reproduction in art and the possibilities/ethics of stem cell research. A particular delight is the opportunity to read W.S. Gilbert's play Pygmalion and Galatea which arrived on the stage just before the era of psychoanalysis, and to see the play's extraordinary relevance to 21st-century discourse.'

- Warren R. Procci, M.D., President, American Psychoanalytic Association

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'From ancient myth to today's headlines, Created in Our Own explores humankind's impulse to replicate itself, and the ethical issues that abound. W.S. Gilbert's 1871 comedy Pygmalion and Galatea provides a springboard for discussions by scholars in the sciences and the humanities, offering a banquet of food for thought for the general reader.'
-Ralph McPhail, Jr., Professor of Theatre Emeritus, Bridgewater College of Virginia; Artistic Director, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

'This is an ingenious book. The authors have brought back to life W.S. Gilbert's forgotten comedy, Pygmalion and Galatea, to bring out the way human cloning mimics the arts. Pygmalion clones his wife with farcical results. This drama tells of copying and is copying, for indeed all art is some kind of representation. But what happens in our biology in the age of cloning? Will we someday compose our offspring as artists compose their work? Will we order up geniuses, marathoners, or movie stars? What will my clone mean to me psychologically? The different writers in this book look at art and cloning from both scientific and aesthetic points of view with exciting results that any reader will find fascinating.'
-Norman N. Holland, author of Literature and the Brain

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