Created in Our Own edited by Fred Sander

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Created in Our Own edited by Fred Sander

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Created in Our Own — Both the book and the website (, revives W.S. Gilbert’s play Pygmalion and Galatea (1876), one of many adaptations of  Ovid’s  1st-century A.D. myth.  In this version Pygmalion has made  numerous copies of his wife, Cynisca. One of them, Galatea, comes to life and falls in love with her creator.
Homo replicans
The play thus evokes cloning at the start of the 21st century, the roles of men and women in 19th-century Victorian England and the discovery of  psychoanalysis in the 20th. Pygmalion, Cynisca and Galatea find themselves in an oedipal entanglement that must be resolved by the play’s end. The myth also evokes the eternal quest to create art.

Fred Sander has invited a number of writers for this interdisciplinary  examination of this multi-leveled play. History, literature, the visual arts, sciences, psychology, and ethics are all discussed. It is a liberal arts education between two covers.

About this book Norman Holland wrote:

This is an ingenious book. The authors have brought back to life W.S.   Gilbert’s forgotten comedy of 1876, Pygmalion and Galatea, to bring out the way human cloning mimics the arts. Pygmalion  clones his wife with farcical results. This drama tells of copying and is copying, for indeed all art  is some kind of representation. But what happens to our biology in the age of cloning? Will we someday compose our offspring as artists compose their work? Will we order up geniuses,  marathoners, or movie stars? What will my clone mean to me psychologically? The different writers in this book look at art and cloning from both scientific and aesthetic points of view with exciting results that any reader will find fascinating.
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