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Living with Others Inside the Self: Decolonising Transplantation, Selfhood and the Body Politic in Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring

McCormack, Donna (2016) Living with Others Inside the Self: Decolonising Transplantation, Selfhood and the Body Politic in Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring Medical Humanities, 42 (4).

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Abstract

This article examines anxieties concerning organ transplantation in Nalo Hopkinson’s prize-winning novel Brown Girl in the Ring (1998). The main focus is how this novel re-imagines subjectivity and selfhood as an embodied metaphor for the reconfiguring of broader socio-political relations. In other words, this article analyses the relationship between the transplanted body and the body politic, arguing that a post-transplant identity, where there is little separation between donor and recipient, is the foundation for a politics based on responsibility for others. Such a responsibility poses a challenge to the race and class segregation that is integral to the post-apocalyptic world of Hopkinson’s novel. Transplantation is not a utopian vision of an egalitarian society coming together in one body; rather, this biotechnological intervention offers a potentially different mode of thinking what it means to work across race, class and embodied division, while always recalling the violence that might facilitate so-called scientific progress.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : English
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages
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McCormack, Donnad.mccormack@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 3 October 2016
Identification Number : 10.1136/medhum-2016-010917
Copyright Disclaimer : Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/. This article has been accepted for publication in Medical Humanities, following peer review. The definitive copyedited, typeset version: McCormack, D (2016) Living with Others Inside the Self: Decolonising Transplantation, Selfhood and the Body Politic in Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring Medical Humanities, 42 (4) is available online at: http://mh.bmj.com/content/42/4/252.short
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 09 Sep 2016 09:26
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812064

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