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- DescriptionIn 1932, Aldous Huxley published Brave New World, his famous vel about a future in which humans are produced to spec in laboratories. Around the same time, Australian legislators anunced an ambitious experiment to breed the colour out of Australia by procuring white husbands for women of white and indigeus descent. In this study, Nadine Attewell reflects on an assumption central to these and other policy initiatives and cultural texts from twentieth-century Britain, Australia, and New Zealand: that the fortunes of the nation depend on controlling the reproductive choices of citizen-subjects. Better Britons charts an invative approach to the politics of reproduction by reading an array of works and discourses - from canical modernist vels and speculative fictions to government memoranda and public debates - that reflect on the significance of reproductive behaviours for civic, national, and racial identities. Bringing insights from feminist and queer theory into dialogue with work in indigeus studies, Attewell sheds new light on changing conceptions of British and settler identity during the era of decolonization.
- Author BiographyNadine Attewell is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.
- Author(s)Nadine Attewell
- PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
- Date of Publication24/01/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Toronto Press
- Content Note3
- Weight640 g
- Width160 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine27 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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