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New representations and politics of procreation: surrogate motherhood, artificial insemination and human cloning in contemporary women’s writing in France

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New representations and politics of procreation: surrogate motherhood, artificial insemination and human cloning in contemporary women’s writing in France


This paper focuses on an emerging trend in recent women’s writing in French of literary texts dealing with new reproductive technologies and arrangements and their impact on contemporary parenting patterns. It considers especially the themes of cloning, surrogate mothering and artificial insemination and offers an overview of the texts portraying them. My analysis consider how these texts engage with and contribute to feminist and so-called post-feminist debates on the family, on motherhood and parenting, and on questions of gender and sexuality, identity and difference. These issues will be addressed in relation to the particular cultural, political and legal context of France, during a time of the review of its bioethical laws.

Rye, Gill (2010) New representations and politics of procreation: surrogate motherhood, artificial insemination and human cloning in contemporary women’s writing in France. In: Elizabeth Fallaize – an Academic and Personal Tribute (memorial event), October 2010, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London. (Unpublished)


Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: An earlier version of the paper was presented at the 'Contemporary Women’s Writing: New Texts, Approaches and Technologies’, the 3rd biennial international conference of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Network, in San Diego, California, USA (July 2010), in the ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing in France: new texts, approaches and technologies’ panel, with funding support from the School of Advanced Study conference grant fund. A substantially revised and extended version of this paper will be published in the volume, 'Women, Genre and Circumstance: Essays in Memory of Elizabeth Fallaize', ed. Margaret Atack, Diana Holmes, Diana Knight and Judith Still (Oxford: Legenda, forthcoming)
Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords: new reproductive technologies, surrogate motherhood, artificial insemination, cloning, Michele Gazier, Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam, Myriam Blanc, Eliane Girard, Laurence Cinq-Fraix, Marie Darrieussecq, Louise L. Lambrichs
Divisions: Institute of Modern Languages Research
Institute of Modern Languages Research > Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing
Collections: IMLR Staff Papers
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URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/3109
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