Goodeve interviews Donna Haraway (1944-), professor in the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of four books: Crystals, Fabrics, and Fields: Metaphors of Organicism in Twentieth-Century Developmental Biology; Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in Modern Science; Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature; and Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleManc_Meets_OncoMouseT. Haraway is a pioneer of science studies, a discipline where politics meets science meets literary criticism in what is usually called cultural studies and more specifically, green cultural studies. Haraway's major contribution is bringing serious consideration to representations of nature in the practice of science, and the way these representations interact with practices inflected by race, class, and gender. Goodeve, Haraway's former student, discusses Haraway's books, personal life, primatology, genetic engineering, monsters, technology, and animal research with one of this country's most versatile and thought-provoking intellectuals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
How Like a Leaf is a welcome door to the complex theories and personal life of Haraway, a noted feminist historian of science. Though not a traditional biography, this will introduce readers to the experiences that played a significant role in Haraway's provocative works (Primate Visions). Interviewer Goodeve conducts her former teacher through the development of Haraway's theories and queries her subject about her influences. Admirers of this influential feminist scholar will acquire the most out of these engaging conversations, but the book will encourage others to explore Haraway's works more thoroughly. Recommended for all women's studies and academic science collections.--Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of Oregon Libs., Eugene Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.