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The Culture of the Copy
ENGL 146CC - Spring 2007,  Rita Raley

This course interprets “copy” in the broadest possible terms. We will explore four registers of the copy – the biological, technological, cultural, and psychological – all of which we will understand to be interrelated. In our first unit, we will engage some of the philosophical, cultural, and social implications of biotechnology (here we will focus on cloning, ALife, and transgenic species); in later units we will discuss such matters as simulation technologies and intellectual property. Other themes and issues we will consider throughout the quarter include la perruque, doppelgängers, the uncanny, viruses, virtual pets, recycled culture (plagiarism, appropriation), creative cloning, and copybots.

This course satisfies the GE area G and Writing requirements and counts toward the English department's LCI specialization.


Rita Raley

Office and Office Hours
SH 2703
On leave 2012-2013


SH 1415
TR, 12:30 PM1:45 PM

Required Texts

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (2005)
Caryl Churchill, A Number (2002)
Jean Baudrillard, Simulations
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (1996)
Christopher Priest, The Prestige (1995)

25% Midterm paper
30% Final Exam (SH 1430)
25% Creative exercise
20% Class participation
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