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The Business of Being Made


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Section one: Setting up the context by integrating cultural and psychoanalytic theories to explore ARTs

Chapter 1: Introducing the Business of Being Made
Kate Gentile Chapter 2: Bridging Psychoanalytic and Cultural Times - Using Psychoanalytic Theory to Better Understand how Reprofuturity and Biomedicalization Produce Subjectivities
Kate Gentile Chapter 3: Situating ARTs in the Cultural Imagination
Katie Gentile Chapter 4: Producing Temporalities through Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Katie Gentile Section two: Filling in the Gaps of ARTs Chapter 5: The Bodies and Bits of (Re)Production: Dilemmas of Egg 'Donation' under Neoliberalism.
Michelle Leve Chapter 6: Male Infertility: The Erection of a Myth, The Myth of an Erection
Adam Kaplan Chapter 7: Baby Making: It takes an Egg and Sperm and a Rainbow of Genders
Diane Ehrensaft Chapter 8: The Shadow Side of ART- Babies and Parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Zina Steinberg and Susan Kraemer Section three: Looking Closely, A Case Study of Egg Donation Chapter 9: Spoken Through Desire - Maternal Subjectivity and Assisted Reproduction
Tracy Simon Chapter 10: On Viability and Indebtedness - Or, "Get Away from her you Bitch!" (after Roberto Bolano)
Stephen Hartman Chapter 11: Teleplastic Abduction: Subjectivity in the Age of ART or Delirium for Psychoanalysis: Commentary on Simon's "Spoken Through Desire"
Andre Lepecki Chapter 12: Zen and the ART of Making Babies: A Discussion of Tracy Simon's Paper
Orna Guralnik Chapter 13: Reply to Commentaries: Lepecki, Hartman and Guralnik
Tracy Simon Chapter 14: Epilogue - Embodying the Gaps in the Face of Catastrophe and Hyperobjects.
Kate Gentile

About the Author

Katie Gentile is Professor and Director of the Gender Studies Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is author of the Routledge title Creating bodies: Eating disorders as self-destructive survival, editor of the Genders & Sexualities in Minds & Cultures book series, also from Routledge, and co-editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality.


"In this unique, and insightful set of essays edited by Katie Gentile, the experience of assisted reproductive technologies, ARTS, is given a multi-disciplinary treatment that brings cultural criticism and psychoanalysis into an encounter that transforms them both. Taking account of the cultural, political, economic and psychological contexts of ARTS, The Business of Being Made refuses a simple taking-sides in debates around biomedicalization and reprofuturisum. It not only gives an in-depth view of the potentialities as well as the risks, the disappointments, the trauma for those who engage with these technologies; it does so without forgetting the implications of ARTS for sex, gender, race and class differentiations. The essays are a must read for those concerned with the affects of biotechnology on every aspect of life now and in the near future." - Patricia Ticineto Clough, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, Editor of The Affective Turn "Technology is no longer some thing we hold in our hand or a machine that sits on a desk. It threads our minds, it bends our spines. And as this remarkable collection of essays demonstrates, technological bio-power unconsciously pulses, reproducing reproduction and the new world to come. Read and get ready." - Ken Corbett, Author of "Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities" and "A Murder Over A Girl" "Drawing on the resources of both psychoanalytic and cultural theories, Katie Gentile and her co-authors spotlight the dynamic interplay between neoliberal risk management and cultural narratives of reproductive "failure" and "success." The Business of Being Made offers a fascinating, urgent, and - dare I say - timely exploration of the sometimes contradictory ways assisted reproductive technologies are remaking kinship, subjectivity, and the experience of temporality itself."- Ann Pellegrini, Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York University

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