Membranes: Metaphors of Invasion in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Science, and Politics

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In "Membranes, " Laura Otis examines how the image of the biological cell became one of the reigning metaphors of the nineteenth century. At the heart of her story is the rise of a fundamental assumption about human identity: the idea that selfhood requires boundaries showing where the individual ends and the rest of the world begins. Otis focuses ... Read More

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