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Reproduction by Design: Sex, Robots, Trees, and Test-Tube Babies in Interwar Britain

Angus McLaren

Abstract

Modernity in interwar Europe frequently took the form of a preoccupation with mechanizing the natural; fears and fantasies revolved around the notion that the boundaries between people and machines were collapsing. Reproduction in particular became a battleground for those debating the merits of the modern world. That debate continues today and this book draws on novels, plays, science fiction, and films of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the work of biologists, psychiatrists, and sexologists, to reveal surprisingly early debates on many of the same questions that shape the conversation today: ... More

Keywords: novels, plays, science fiction, films, biologists, psychiatrists, sexologists, homosexuality, recreational sex, contraception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226560694
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226560717.001.0001

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Angus McLaren, author

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