The New Genetics, Genocide and Caryl Churchill

Mary E Luckhurst

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This essay examines Churchill’s work in the context of eugenics and the new genetics, and argues that Churchill is the foremost theatrical interrogator of the neoliberal dangers of promoting parenting as the improvement of human capital. Luckhurst investigates Churchill’s lifelong interest in reproductive technologies and the female body and looks at her more recent scrutiny of genetic experimentation in relation to war, genocide, cloning and terrorism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTwenty-first Century Drama
Subtitle of host publicationWhat Happens Now
EditorsSian Adiseshiah, Louise LePage
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781137484031
ISBN (Print)9781137484024
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2016


  • New Genetics, Cloning, War, Human Capital. Reproductive Technologies, Genocide, Terrorism


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