Books et al.Human Genome Anniversary

Genomics and genre

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Science  05 Feb 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6529, pp. 578
DOI: 10.1126/science.abf6096

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"If the double helix is an icon of the modern age, then the genome is one of the last grand narratives of modernity," writes Lara Choksey in her new book, Narrative in the Age of the Genome. Hybridizing literary criticism with a genre-spanning consideration of a dozen distinct literary works, and imbued throughout with deep concern for the peripheral, the possible, and the political, the book seeks to challenge the "whole imaginative apparatus for constructing the self into a coherent narrative, via the lexicon and syntax of the molecular."

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