Figuring fertility: poetics in the cultural practices of reproductive science

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McDonald, Lisa. 2011. Figuring fertility: poetics in the cultural practices of reproductive science. Brisbane, Australia. Post Pressed.
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Figuring fertility: poetics in the cultural practices of reproductive science

Book CategoryAuthored book
ERA Publisher ID2978
Authors
AuthorMcDonald, Lisa
Number of Pages236
Year2011
PublisherPost Pressed
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN9781921214837
9781921214844
Abstract

Figuring Fertility creatively explores the reproductive practices of 'non-heterosexual' bodies that make other bodies with scientific or privately negotiated fertility technologies. By presenting original interview narratives of people's reproductive experiences, as well as discussions with fertility scientists and clinicians, this book renders generative and inventive reproductive practice, while reassessing current identity debates in critical theory, cultural studies, feminist and science philosophies. The book's narrative basis highlights the complex and varied ways that fertility science can evoke affective and unpredictable directions in people's lives, and in doing so, critically proposes a posthumanities era of understanding human bodies, knowledge making and critique. Each section is an inspired attempt 'To tell … Of bodies … And love' in ways that dissuade common identity models to review the influence of science in contemporary fertility practices and cultural sense-making.

Keywordsinterdisciplinarity; cultural studies; fertility; poetics; life sciences; philosophy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
470207. Cultural theory
470299. Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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