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Posthumanism in Young Adult FictionFinding Humanity in a Posthuman World$
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Anita Tarr and Donna R. White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816696

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.001.0001

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Posthumanism in The House of the Scorpion and The Lord of Opium

Posthumanism in The House of the Scorpion and The Lord of Opium

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(p.135) 7 Posthumanism in The House of the Scorpion and The Lord of Opium
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Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction
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Donna R. White

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.003.0007

In her The House of the Scorpion and The Lord of Opium, Nancy Farmer narrates the story of Matt, a clone created to extend the life of El Patrón, ruler of the autonomous country of Opium between the U.S. and Mexico. Donna White explains how Farmer employs epigenetics to show that genes do not determine one’s destiny, and every clone of El Patrón is different. At first Matt learns to acknowledge himself as human, but eventually he learns to accept his multiple subjectivites of animal, monster, saint, drug lord, clone, human, and even El Patrón. Even though El Patrón uses posthumanist biotechnologies to maintain his position, he thrives on the power humanist beliefs give him. Matt, meanwhile, retains some of these humanist values while moving to embrace his multiplicity.

Keywords:   Cloning, Nancy Farmer, Liberal humanist subject, Epigenetics, Posthuman subjectivities

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