Cover

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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

This book analyzes literary and political representations of female infertility from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. It takes as a starting point Darwin's studies on sterility between species. Darwinian evolutionary science imagines class struggle as a sexual game, recreating colonial history and the struggle for resources within representations of nonreproductive female identities. I trace...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

I owe many thanks to George Yudice who, with his intellectual guidance and faith, helped bring this project to completion, and also to Jean Franco, and to Douglas Armato and Gretchen Asmussen of the University of Minnesota Press. Michael Taussig has given me so much inspiration that it is difficult to isolate a single point or passage of his to cite. His influence is evident in every sentence and idea. Jennifer Wicke meticulously read through chapters time...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xxiv

In the nineteenth century, evolutionary sciences brought to the forefront of scientific investigation interspecial crossings as the dominant factor in adaptive biological change. Earlier, following on the work of Linnaeus, species were classified according to their reproductive affinities and whether they could produce fertile offspring. Darwin's observations in the field of domestic breeding reconsidered...

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Darwin's Dating Game

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pp. 1-44

In its 8 March 1997 issue, Science published an article by Julien Thomas entitled "The Mystery of the Missing Penis." In it, Thomas describes a recent biological discovery: certain species of birds, through evolutionary processes, have lost their penises. The reason for this anatomical distinction in birds is, he concludes, "because females prefer them without it." According to Thomas's...

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Conrad's Closet

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pp. 45-92

Critics have debated, in relation to Joseph Conrad's 1913 novel Chance, whether or not Mrs. Fyne, the cross-dressing feminist who rescues the protagonist Flora from the evil manipulations of her governess, is a lesbian. For example, Wilfred Dowden describes Mrs. Fyne as an obvious "virago," more than a simple caricature of a suffragette, because of her "unnatural" relationship, an "almost...

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Carpentier's Marvelous Conception

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pp. 93-134

In Cuba, as well as in Latin America generally, the idea of racial mixture, originated in conquest and colonialism, has been the center of political and revolutionary speculations since the early nineteenth century. A century ago, Jose Marti envisioned a philosophy of nation through an image of sexual union across races, emblematized in "nuestra America mestiza": "With the rosary as...

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Mario Vargas Llosa and the Rape of Sebastiana

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pp. 135-164

In 1990, novelist, essayist, and dermatologist Mario Vargas Llosa ran for president of Peru. For the coalition of party interests that he formed to support his candidacy and his program for economic and political reform, he coined the name "Libertad." Starting as a broad-based reaction against then-president Alan Garcia's proposals to nationalize the Peruvian banking system in 1987, Libertad fashioned an agenda of economic neoliberalization. This involved...

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The Rainforest Rape

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pp. 165-188

On Sunday, 31 May 1992, Paulinho Paiakan, the world-renowned environmentalist activist of the Kaiapo in Brazil, allegedly raped and mutilated, and then attempted to strangle with barbed wire the seventeen-year-white schoolgirl Silvia Leticia da Luz Ferreira, Paiakan's next-door neighbor and the baby-sitter and tutor of his children.1 Rob Buchanan, a correspondent for...

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Conclusion

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pp. 189-194

It is not surprising today to say that the family is a problem. It's what my students tell me, what I read in the newspapers, what the politicians say, and what I see at the movies. A recent movie like 8MM drives the point home, so to speak, although many current mainstream as well as art films seem to repeat the same message. The main character's (Nicholas Cage) forays into the underground worlds and sordid cultures of snuff film production end up provoking...

Notes

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pp. 195-210

Works Cited

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pp. 211-230

Index

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pp. 231-234