Abstract

Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 science fiction novel Never Let Me Go and Mark Romanek’s 2010 film adaptation depict an alternate past in which human longevity is achieved by harvesting organs from clones. The clones seem ostensibly human and yet are considered nonhuman “creatures.” The book and film use differing strategies to align the nonhuman clones with nonhuman animals, a connection that is often ambivalent and contradictory. This article argues that through narrational and audio-visual address respectively, the reader and viewer are encouraged to bear witness from a liminal, creaturely position.

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