Mocking Eugenics

Mocking Eugenics explores the opposition to eugenic discourse mounted by twentieth-century American artists seeking to challenge and destabilize what they viewed as a dangerous body of thought. Focusing on their wielding of humor to ...

Author: Ewa Barbara Luczak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000416244

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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Mocking Eugenics explores the opposition to eugenic discourse mounted by twentieth-century American artists seeking to challenge and destabilize what they viewed as a dangerous body of thought. Focusing on their wielding of humor to attack the contemporaneous science of heredity and the totalitarian impulse informing it, this book confronts the conflict between eugenic theories presented as grounded in scientific and metaphysical truth and the satirical treatment of eugenics as not only absurdly illogical but also antithetical to democratic ideals and inimical to humanistic values. Through analyses of the films of Charlie Chaplin and the fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Anita Loos, and Wallace Thurman, Mocking Eugenics examines their use of laughter to dismantle the rhetoric of perfectionism, white supremacy, and nativism that shaped mainstream expressions of American patriotism and normative white masculinity. As such, it will appeal to scholars of cultural studies, literature, cinema, sociology, humor, and American studies.
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Ontario s Cattle Kingdom

farm animals or plants became less interested in the association and in adopting eugenic views as well . The Ontario farm press , for example , by 1913 was capable of mocking eugenics . " Eugenicists were aware that farmers did not hold ...

Author: Margaret Elsinor Derry

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802048668

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 221

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The story of the purebred cattle breeders' world includes nineteenth-century medical opinions and strategies for disease control, the evolution of cattle associations, and the development of state regulation.
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Death in Classical Hollywood Cinema

Eugenicists were also heavily involved in compulsory sterilization state laws for genetically inferior individuals ... against, or mocking eugenics, as well as related issues like heredity, birth control, and euthanasia.59 One of these, ...

Author: B. Hagin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230275072

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 201

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Boaz Hagin carries out a philosophical examination of the issue of death as it is represented and problematized in Hollywood cinema of the classical era (1920s-1950s) and in later mainstream films, looking at four major genres: the Western, the gangster film, melodrama and the war film.
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Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird

The popularity of eugenics did not wane until after the fall of Nazi Germany (whose Holocaust was a eugenics programme). To Kill a Mockingbird shows this 1930s' interest in the functioning of race and family. For example, once Tom has ...

Author: Catriona Mills

Publisher: Insight Publications

ISBN: 9781921411687

Category: Study Aids

Page: 72

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Insight Study Guides are written by experts and cover a range of popular literature, plays and films. Designed to provide insight and an overview about each text for students and teachers, these guides endeavor to develop knowledge and understanding rather than just provide answers and summaries.
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The Wellborn Science

What advocates of compulsory eugenic sterilization shared was not a theory of heredity, but a view of “socially responsible” ... Such a view underlies the mocking tone that often creeps into descriptions of the eugenics movement and the ...

Author: Mark B. Adams

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195053616

Category: Science

Page: 242

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This is a fascinating study of the eugenics movement.
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Eugenic Nation

News , Eugenics ( 1928-1931 ) , or the short - lived People ( 1931 ) should be the flagship journal of organized ... even if it did exist — were preposterous.17 Several years later eugenics was mocked , this time in Arrowsmith ...

Author: Alexandra Stern

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520244443

Category: History

Page: 374

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"With an emphasis on the American West, Eugenic Nation explores the long and unsettled history of eugenics in the United States. This expanded second edition includes shocking details that demonstrate that the story is far from over. Alexandra Minna Stern explores the unauthorized sterilization of female inmates in California state prisons and ongoing reparations for North Carolina victims of sterilization, as well as the topics of race-based intelligence tests, school segregation, the U.S. Border Patrol, tropical medicine, the environmental movement, and opposition to better breeding. Radically new and relevant, this edition draws from recently uncovered historical records to demonstrate patterns of racial bias in California's sterilization program and to recover personal experiences of reproductive injustice. Stern connects the eugenic past to the genomic present with attention to the ethical and social implications of emerging genetic technologies"--Provided by publisher.
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Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird

Eugenics, a term coined by Sir Francis Galton in 1883, arose as a conflicted social response to Darwin's theory of evolution. On the one hand, “the prevailing ideology—that those who achieved social dominance were biologically ...

Author: Michael J. Meyer

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810877238

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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In 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was published to critical acclaim. To commemorate To Kill a Mockingbird's 50th anniversary, Michael J. Meyer has assembled a collection of new essays that celebrate this enduring work of American literature. These essays approach the novel from educational, legal, social, and thematic perspectives. Harper Lee's only novel won the Pulitzer Prize and was transformed into a beloved film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. An American classic that frequently appears in middle school and high school curriculums, the novel has been subjected to criticism for its subject matter and language. Still relevant and meaningful, To Kill a Mockingbird has nonetheless been under-appreciated by many critics. There are few books that address Lee's novel's contribution to the American canon and still fewer that offer insights that can be used by teachers and by students. These essays suggest that author Harper Lee deserves more credit for skillfully shaping a masterpiece that not only addresses the problems of the 1930s but also helps its readers see the problems and prejudices the world faces today. Intended for high school and undergraduate usage, as well as for teachers planning to use To Kill a Mockingbird in their classrooms, this collection will be a valuable resource for all teachers of American literature.
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The Birth Control Movement and American Society

Though craving the respectability and institutional support the eugenicists enjoyed, Sanger refused to endorse any schemes ... publisher of a nineteenth century freethought journal called The American Journal of Eugenics, and by mocking ...

Author: James Reed

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400856596

Category: Political Science

Page: 484

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This is the first comprehensive history of the struggle to win public acceptance of contraceptive practice. James Reed traces this remarkable story from its beginnings, carefully documenting the roles of the diverse interests that supported birth control, including feminists, eugenicists, and physicians, and providing a unique account of the struggles of such pioneers as Margaret Sanger, Robert Dickinson, and Clarence Gamble to win the support of organized medicine, to change laws, to open birth control clinics, and to improve birth control methods. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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In the Name of Eugenics

... inherited deformities) to the mocking (the abolition of alcoholism by letting the intemperate drink themselves to death, or the punishment of a murderer by hanging his grandfather). Eugenicists generally refused to consider abortion ...

Author: Daniel J. Kevles

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9780307831507

Category: Science

Page: 432

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Daniel Kevles traces the study and practice of eugenics--the science of "improving" the human species by exploiting theories of heredity--from its inception in the late nineteenth century to its most recent manifestation within the field of genetic engineering. It is rich in narrative, anecdote, attention to human detail, and stories of competition among scientists who have dominated the field.
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With and Without Galton Vasilii Florinskii and the Fate of Eugenics in Russia

Bednyi mocked both Serebrovskii's vision of “socialist eugenics” and his claim to authority in questions related to the Five-Year Plan and Soviet reproductive policies. Serebrovskii did not take Bednyi's satire quite seriously and even ...

Author: Nikolai Krementsov

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 9781783745142

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