The Devil in Our DNA: A Brief History of Eugenics in Science Fiction Films

@article{Kirby2007TheDI,
  title={The Devil in Our DNA: A Brief History of Eugenics in Science Fiction Films},
  author={David A. Kirby},
  journal={Literature and Medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={26},
  pages={108 - 83}
}
  • D. A. Kirby
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Literature and Medicine
The persistence of eugenic themes in cinema over the last 100 years reflects fundamental societal beliefs about heredity's role as the source of social problems. From its earliest days science fiction cinema's critiques of eugenics were not aimed at the movement's underlying assumptions that humanity's fundamental nature lies within its genome and its relationship to social problems. Most science fiction films either implicitly accept these assumptions or incorporate them into their narratives… Expand

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