Splicing the double helix : narrative DNA and system assaults

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dc.contributor.advisor White, Patricia S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Bruce, Wendy K. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:37:24Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:37:24Z
dc.date.created 1996 en_US
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1996 .B78 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/185542
dc.description.abstract DNA is an intrinsic part of the working system of the body. These basic units of creation adhere to rules of operation, replication, organization, and are implicated in the maintenance of a delicate system. When cells mutate, when foreign agents such as viruses infiltrate or are introduced into the body, the assault is on the cellular level. It is from this point that we can trace the escalation of symptoms and effects.This project examined how the scientific language of genetics and epidemiology can be used to read a literary narrative as a body. Narrative is a system that replicates, moves and maintains itself much as cells and bodies do. Assaults upon and interventions into teleology, subjectivity and conventions of realism by the postmodern are seen in terms of mutations and viral invasions. Literature as a product of late twentieth century culture represents a physical emission of the reading subject's fear of infection, invasion, and the instability of the body. The project involved reading the inner narrative structure of a text as DNA and examining the exterior consumption of a cultural text in terms of its similarities to the transmission of a virus. This project enunciated a theoretical paradigm that used scientific language to examine the matrix of interaction between text, reader, and culture as it exists in a climate of threat, as bodies under siege.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent 40 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Metaphor. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Diseases in literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature and science. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Epidemiology -- Social aspects. en_US
dc.title Splicing the double helix : narrative DNA and system assaults en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1020189 en_US

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