Tell-Tale Heart: Organ Donation and Transplanted Subjectivities

Tell-Tale Heart: Organ Donation and Transplanted Subjectivities After a fatal cardiac arrest in June 2009, my five-year-old niece was revived and put on life-support until her “new heart” arrived (at the awed relief of my family and the unbearable loss of another’s) on the morning of August 6th. I will explore what I call the “transplanted subjectivities” formed through the anonymous gestures of organ donation, as the transplanted organ upsets the boundaries between separate bodies and intimate, incorporated, though anonymous identities. Illuminating overlapping social, medical, psychological, and literary discourses of transplantation, I will examine the unanswerable autobiographical questions of incorporating an unknown other into one’s self. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Tell-Tale Heart: Organ Donation and Transplanted Subjectivities

Biography, Volume 34 (1) – Aug 5, 2011

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © Biographical Research Center
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0162-4962
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1529-1456

Abstract

After a fatal cardiac arrest in June 2009, my five-year-old niece was revived and put on life-support until her “new heart” arrived (at the awed relief of my family and the unbearable loss of another’s) on the morning of August 6th. I will explore what I call the “transplanted subjectivities” formed through the anonymous gestures of organ donation, as the transplanted organ upsets the boundaries between separate bodies and intimate, incorporated, though anonymous identities. Illuminating overlapping social, medical, psychological, and literary discourses of transplantation, I will examine the unanswerable autobiographical questions of incorporating an unknown other into one’s self.

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BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 5, 2011

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