Chapter delineates ways in which we can overcome humanist as well as posthumanist dialectics of inclusion and exclusion. It also critically engages with the persistence of positing pure forms and opposing them with each other in the contemporary context of posthumanism. It analyses how Ishiguro’s Never Let me Go contaminates the symbolic with its supposed opposite: embodied life. Similarly to the replicants in Ridely Scott’s Blade Runner or the cloned child in Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence, the clones in Ishiguro’s novel are capable of the same emotions and the same forms of behaviour characterising humans. These films as well as Ishiguro’s Never Let me Go persuade us to change the way we think about distinct and opposed entities: as no longer distinct in opposition but as mutually implicated with each other. The figure of contamination describes this force of mutual implication and interdependence. It emerges as an alternative to notions which posit divisions between ‘pure’ entities such as the one separating mind from body, natural history from human history, or bios from zoé.
Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.